- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"I was very happy with the service received and extremely happy with the result. I would not hesitate to use them again should the need arise."
"Mark Hambleton acted on my behalf after I had a serious ankle injury and the money I received was over and above my expectations. Thanks to the thorough and patient service he gave me . His expert advice and knowledge was everything I needed to get the result I deserved"
"I used RWK Goodman to claim compensation after an accident at work involving an animal, Mark Hambleton and Caroline Johnson were very helpful ,very professional and made the process as easy as possible for me , explaining everything along the way , I would thoroughly recommend them."
"They were very efficient and professional at all times. They explained the entire process and nothing was too much trouble. Queries and emails were always responded to promptly. I would highly recommend them."
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