Thousands of people in the UK every year are injured by animals, yet making a claim can be a complex process to those unfamiliar with the law.
At Browell Smith & Co we have a team of specialist solicitors who not only understand the intricacies of these matters, but are not scared to bite back!
Claims under the Animals Act are notoriously difficult, but thankfully we have a wealth of experience in dealing with claims against negligent owners of animals who have attacked and injured members of the public.
Under the Animals Act 1971, an owner of a dangerous species (as defined by the Act) will normally be responsible for damage caused by the animal.
Where the damage is not caused by a dangerous species the owner will still be responsible if:
• The damage is of a kind which the animal, unless restrained, was likely to cause or which, if caused by the animal, was likely to be severe; and
• The likelihood of the damage or of its being severe was due to characteristics of the animal which are not normally found in animals of the same species or are not normally so found except at particular times or in particular circumstances; and
• Those characteristics were known to the owner
If you have suffered such an injury, Browell Smith & Co can not only assist you in your claim, but can arrange any necessary rehabilitation, including psychiatric treatment if you have been traumatised by the attack.
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As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court.
For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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