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Compensation for Injuries from Cows

Can I get compensation for injuries from cows if a cow with a history of being temperamental kicked me and fractured my hip?

Question:

Can I get compensation for injuries from cows if a cow with a history of being temperamental kicked me and fractured my hip?

Answer:

There are several circumstances in which you may be entitled to claim compensation for injuries from cows, but much will depend on your own part in this accident and the availability of witnesses who can testify to how your accident occurred.

The Health and Safety Executive publish a significant amount of literature about safely working with animals, and you should have been advised how to handle the cow and whether to apply an anti-kicking device if appropriate. Furthermore, to reduce the risk of injury on a farm, employers are supposed to have a vigorous culling policy for animals which are known to be temperamental.

If your employer was aware that this was a temperamental animal, failed to advise you of the risk of injury and failed to provide you with an anti-kicking device, he will be adjudged to be lacking in his duty of care towards you as his employee and liable in any subsequent injured by a cow compensation claim.

However, before making a claim for compensation for injuries from cows, a solicitor will look at your own role in this accident. If you were previously aware that you would be dealing with a temperamental cow, you maybe should have taken the initiative to restrain the cow or protect yourself from being injured by a cow.

Although your own lack of care will not disqualify you from making a compensation claim for being injured by a cow, how much compensation for cow injuries you receive may be reduced to reflect your own lack of care.

It is advisable to speak with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible and discuss with him or her the exact circumstances which led to your kicked by cow injury. If you have witnesses who can support your compensation claim for being injured by a cow it will improve the strength of your case and may enable the solicitor to undertake your injured by a cow compensation claim on a “No Win, No Fee” basis.