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UK Animal Injury Claims

In the UK, animal injury claims for compensation can be made when the animal´s owner has failed to prevent his or her animal from causing you an avoidable injury. Many people will consider dog bites as the most common form of animal injury, but UK animal injury claims can also be made if you or somebody close to you has sustained an injury on a farm or in a children´s zoo.

UK animal injury claims should be pursued with the assistance of an experienced solicitor, as establishing negligence can often be complicated. The value of UK animal injury claims can be substantial if, for example, the victim suffers a deep psychological trauma which may affect them for the remainder of their lives.

Get professional advice about animal injury claims in the UK from our freephone injury claims advice service, where the procedures for making a claim, the likelihood of your claim´s success and whether or not you will be able to make a claim on a “No Win, No Fee” basis can all be discussed without obligation with an independent solicitor.

Horsing Riding Accident Claim Resolved at High Court

November 4, 2016

A horse riding accident claim has been resolved at the High Court in favour of a woman who broke her back due to falling from a thoroughbred racehorse.

In September 2012, when Ashleigh Harris from Lydney in Gloucestershire was just fourteen years of age, she was encouraged to ride a thoroughbred racehorse by Rachel Miller – the mother of Ashleigh´s then boyfriend – at the Miller family home in Malthern near Chepstow.

Although Ashleigh had considerable experience riding ponies, and had ridden the racehorse briefly when Miller first purchased it, she had never trotted a racehorse in an open field before. After riding for five minutes, the racehorse broke into a canter that Ashleigh was unable to control.

As the horse and rider started a downhill descent, the horse started throwing its head and bucking. Ashleigh was thrown from the saddle and despite wearing body armour broke her back when she landed. Ashleigh is now permanently paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.

Ashleigh made a horse riding accident claim against Miller, alleging that by encouraging her to ride “a green, unresponsive and uneducated horse that would be difficult to control”, Miller had place Ashleigh at a foreseeable risk of injury.

Miller denied the allegations and claimed that she had sought permission from Ashleigh´s mother before asking her to ride the horse. The horse riding accident claim went to the High Court in London for liability to be established, where it was heard by Judge Graham Wood QC.

At the hearing, Judge Wood said that Miller was an unreliable witness, particularly in relation to her account of the events leading up to Ashleigh´s fall, and said that she had made a serious error of judgement by encouraging Ashleigh to ride the horse.

The judge added: “By positively encouraging Ashleigh to ride the horse and condoning, if not specifically instructing, a trot in an open field for the first time, Mrs Miller was exposing her to a risk of injury from a horse which could not be controlled in other than the most benign of conditions.”

Finding in Ashleigh´s favour, Judge Wood adjourned the hearing to allow for reports to be compiled relating to Ashleigh´s future needs. The reports will determine how much compensation the judge will award in settlement of Ashleigh´s horse riding accident claim at a further hearing later in the year.

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Claim for Injuries from a Bull Attack Resolved Out of Court

April 8, 2016

A claim for injuries from a bull attack, made by the widow of a man who was killed in the incident, has been resolved out of court for an undisclosed amount.

In November 2010, Glenis Freeman and her husband Roger were following a public footpath through the Underhill Farm in Stanford-on-Soar in Leicestershire, when they started to be followed by a herd of cows. On realising that there was a bull among the herd, the couple quickened their pace, but the bull attacked – fatally injuring Roger and seriously injuring Glenis.

Glenis manage to scramble to the safety of a nearby road and attract the attention of a passing car. An ambulance was called and Glenis was given emergency treatment by a paramedic at the site, before being taken to hospital. At the hospital, Glenis was put into a coma while she receive treatment for a ruptured spleen, a broken wrist and multiple rib fractures. It was only after she was woken from the coma that Glenis learned of Roger´s death.

An investigation into the incident saw the owner of the farm – Paul Waterfall – charged with gross negligence manslaughter. He was acquitted from the charge at Nottingham Crown Court in May 2014, but Glenis sought legal advice and made a claim for injuries from a bull attack – not only in respect of her physical injuries, but also for the emotional trauma she had suffered.

After a period of negotiation, the claim for injuries from a bull attack was settled for an undisclosed amount – described by Glenis´ solicitor as a “significant sum”. Speaking to her local paper after her claim for injuries from a bull attack had been resolved, Glenis said:

“The trial was extremely distressing and I was particularly upset with the not-guilty verdict. I hope that the settlement of this case goes a long way to stop this ordeal happening to anyone else. If only there had been a sign up saying there was a bull in the field, we wouldn’t have gone into the field, and Roger would still be alive today. All farmers should follow the HSE recommendation and put up a sign. As it is, this settlement has shown that farmers can be found liable if they do not show a duty of care to the public.”

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Injury Claim for Being Bitten by a Police Dog Settled Out of Court

February 8, 2016

An injury claim for being bitten by a police dog has been settled out of court with no admission of liability or an apology for the injured victim.

On 13th October 2007, twelve-year-old Rhys Bennett and three of his friends were playing in a park close to his home in Sapcote, Leicestershire. When the group of friends attempted to break into a derelict pavilion, a passer-by called the police.

When the police arrived, several of the officers had police dogs with them. One officer – not realising that the intruders were children – released his dog. The police dog attacked one of Rhys´ friends before turning his attention to Rhys himself.

The dog pulled Rhys to the ground before biting him on the face and back. Rhys was taken to hospital, where he underwent constructive surgery on his face. He subsequently had to undergo counselling due to his developed fear of leaving the house on his own.

As he was too young to represent himself legally, Rhys´ mother made an injury claim for being bitten by a police dog against the Leicestershire Police on her son´s behalf. Leicestershire Police failed to accept responsibility for Rhys´ injuries or apologise to Rhys for the police officer´s mistake.

The injury claim for being bitten for a police dog was scheduled to be heard in court this week; but, days before the hearing was due to commence, Leicester Police agreed to an out-of-court compensation settlement of £10,000.

The settlement was made without an admission of liability or an apology to Rhys, who is now twenty years of age and an engineering student. The family´s solicitor told reports that Rhys had never been in trouble with the police before or since the incident.

Leicestershire Police said in a statement: “The training, deployment and management of police dogs within Leicestershire Police is constantly reviewed and developed in order to maintain the highest possible standards of professionalism.”

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BBC Analyses Compensation for Police Dog Bites

March 14, 2011

A report compiled for the BBC radio program “You and Yours” has analysed payments of compensation for police dog bites made by various police forces throughout the country.

The program discovered that over 770,000 pounds has been paid in compensation for police dog bites over the past three years, with the Greater Manchester Police Force being responsible for the largest total of police dog bites compensation paid at 180,743 pounds.

The statistics, which were provided in response to a Freedom of Information request, show that of those making a claim for police dog bite compensation, 2,725 were suspects, 155 were members of the public and 196 police dog bite compensation claims were made by police staff.

When presented with the figures on the program, Assistant Chief Constable Nick Ingram said: “Police dogs are a valuable and essential resource which, when used effectively, make a valuable contribution to reducing and detecting crime and disorder and building safer communities.”

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2,000 Pounds Compensation for Dog Bite Injury

September 23, 2010

A dog owner has been ordered to pay 2,000 pounds compensation after her Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacked and bit another dog owner’s arm.

Kidderminster Magistrates Court heard how the unnamed owner from Bewdley, Hereford and Worcestershire, had allowed her dog off the lead in a wooded area off the Cleobury Road.

The dog ran over to a nearby Jack Russell, and its owner – fearing the smaller dog was about to be attacked – bent forward to pick her dog up.

The Bull Terrier then bit the second owner, tearing a chunk out of her arm and leaving the injury in need of stitches which will result in a permanent scar.

During the hearing, the owner of the Bull Terrier was ordered to pay the victim 2,000 pounds compensation and ensure that her dog wears a muzzle at all times.

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