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Compensation for Farm Animal Bite Injuries

Am I entitled to compensation for farm animal bite injuries if the farmer´s guard dog got loose and bit me?

Question:

Am I entitled to compensation for farm animal bite injuries if the farmer´s guard dog got loose and bit me?

Answer:

You should be entitled to claim compensation for farm animal bite injuries if you are bitten by a farm animal when a duty of care should have been in place to protect you from injury. Whether you are an employee on a farm or a visitor to a farm, the dog in question should have been securely tethered and, if classified as a dangerous breed, should have been muzzled to eliminate the risk of farm animal bite injuries.

In order to make a claim for farm animal bite injuries compensation, a report should be written in the farmer´s “Accident Report Book” and made to the local police. This may reveal whether the dog has been aggressive or attacked in the past, and may also bring to light other health and safety issues if other employees or visitors to the farm have been bitten by a farm animal in the past.
You can also support your compensation claim for being bitten by a farm animal by taking photographs of your injuries (you must also have received medical attention to make a farm animal bite injuries compensation claim), asking people who witnessed your attack to write down their own record of events and diarising any consequences to your quality of life which have been affected by your farm animal bite injury.

A solicitor will use this information to compile the strongest possible claim for farm animal bite injuries compensation, which will then be sent to the farmer for his response. It is usual practice for a farmer to forward the letter of claim onto his public liability insurance company and, whether he accepts his negligence in allowing the dog to escape or not, you may be approached directly by the insurance company with an offer of settlement for your farm animal bite injuries compensation claim.

If a solicitor has already conducted a full assessment of your claim, you will know whether the offer of compensation for farm animal bite injuries is appropriate or whether you should continue to pursue your claim for being bitten by a farm animal with your solicitor. It is infrequent that such a claim would be resolved in court, and more likely that how much compensation for being bitten by a farm animal is settled by negotiation.