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If you have been injured by an animal, our team of specialist animal accident claim solicitors are here to help you.

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An animal accident is not just 'one of those things'

The law is complex, and many lawyers brush off animal accidents as ‘just one of those things.’ But not us.

At RWK Goodman, we are nationally renowned for our work in animal injury claims. Many of our clients make successful claims for compensation and it is often the case that there is no-one to blame. It is often critical to examine the behaviour of the animal rather than their owner.

Making an animal accident claim

So if you have been injured by an animal in the last three years, you may have a valid claim for compensation even if no-one was to blame. If you are uncertain please get in touch for some free initial advice.

How much compensation might you receive?

The compensation you receive will depend on the type of your injury, how severe it is and your individual circumstances, however we will always aim to cover any financial loss you have sustained as a result of the accident as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.

How long does making a claim take?

The process of making a claim – especially if it is complex – can take some time, however we are experienced in obtaining interim payments to help while you’re recuperating. We can guide you on the likely timescale for concluding your claim when we speak.

Liability can be difficult to determine under the Animals Act, but we have extensive experience doing so.

When can you make a claim for an injury caused by an animal?

You may have experienced:

  • an injury involving a horse
  • an injury involving cows
  • an injury involving dogs.

We have experience in incidents like these and others so we are happy to hear from you if you have been involved in an accident you feel is caused by another animal.

Who is the claim made against?

Many people find themselves in a situation where they are making a personal injury claim against their employer. Sometimes this puts them off either out of respect or fear of consequences.

Your employer will have insurance for accidents at work, which is a legal requirement, to cover them when their employees are injured by an animal. Therefore your claim may be made against your employer, but dealt with by their insurance company.

There are a number of other points that are also helpful to consider if this is the case:

  • being told, or saying “you knew the risks” is not an adequate defence against a claim
  • blame will not necessarily be attributed to your employer; it is understood that animals sometimes behave dangerously
  • employment law prohibits dismissal for claiming compensation as a result of injury
  • we will keep your claim confidential – it is not inevitable that your co-workers will find out about your claim
What if you already have a solicitor?

If you are unhappy with your current legal representation, we may be able to help as we regularly take over the conduct of claims from other firms of solicitors. We would be happy to discuss this over the phone or via email. Also, if your claim was settled within the last six years and you feel you have been let down by your previous legal team, we would be happy to speak to you.

How can a case be funded?

We are happy to consider representing you on a Conditional Fee Agreement (“no win, no fee” basis). As the name implies you have the peace of mind that if you lose your case you should not have to pay any legal costs. This is something we can discuss in much more detail when you get in touch to talk about your accident.

  • Amongst the top solicitors for animal accidents
  • No Win No Fee funding available
  • Can help with access to specialist treatment
  • Track record of successful claims

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