We are experts in dealing with personal injury claims for members who have been attacked by animals. We have experience in dealing with claims involving all different levels of injury – from lacerations and broken bones, to life-changing injuries and fatalities.
If you or a family member have been attacked by an animal or suffered an injury because of an animal’s behaviour, you may be entitled to compensation under the Animals Act 1971.
This act distinguishes between dangerous and non-dangerous animals, but the standard of proof required is higher when the animal causing the injury is classed as non-dangerous.
Lions and tigers are classed as dangerous animals, whereas dogs and cats are non-dangerous.
It is important you establish the owner of an animal if you wish to bring an animal attack claim.
Most claims under the act are from domestic animals, usually dogs. It is the owner of the animal who is liable for the damage. Don’t be put off making a claim, as most dog owners will have adequate cover in place through their home or pet insurance.
It may be possible for you to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, depending on the severity of your injuries.
Making a claim
You can claim for physical injuries, damage to property including clothing, cost of care and treatment, and any lost income from not being able to go to work.