How much is my animal injury claim worth?
Depending on the seriousness of your injuries, dog bite compensation payments can be worth several thousands of pounds. Find out how much yours might be worth with our 30-second claims calculator or call one of our friendly advisors on 0800 175 7900.
Will I have to pay to claim for my dog bite injury?
98% of our cases are No Win No Fee compensation claims. That's because we believe in justice for all. So you won't ever have to pay Claims Direct so much as a penny up front. We only get a fee when we win you the compensation you deserve. This is a safe and easy way of doing things, as it means you can never be left out of pocket when you make a compensation claim.
Will I have to have a medical for my animal injury claim?
If you have been bitten by a dog, or injured by any animal attack, you should always seek medical help immediately. This is the best way to make sure you don't get a serious infection in your wounds. It also ensures that there is a medical record of your injuries to act as evidence. In some cases, where injuries are still causing you problems, we may also ask you to see a medical expert who will write a report on your injuries, and predict how long they may take to recover from.
Will I have to go to court for my animal injury claim?
In most cases, our expert lawyers will simply deal with the animal owner's insurance company directly. In cases like this, you won't have to get involved, or attend a court hearing. You can also choose to deal with us by phone and post, or to visit one of our offices near you if that's easier for you.
What sort of animal injuries can I claim for?
Dog bites are the most common animal injuries in Britain. In fact, dogs in the UK bite seven postmen and women a day, and there are many more dog attacks on non-postal workers. Even so, many types of animals can be dangerous, with even cows, horses and zoo animals all causing a range of serious injuries, some of them fatal. Injuries from all of these animals can lead to claims:
- Dogs: particularly dangerous breeds
- Cats: who can give a severe scratch
- Horses: who can stampede if frightened
- Cows: who have been known to trample walkers
- Zoo animals: particularly if you are a keeper
The injuries caused by animals can also be very serious, ranging from cuts and lacerations to broken bones and life-threatening infections. So if you have been hurt by any animal that doesn't belong to you in the last three years, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and distress.
What can I claim for?
Animal injuries can cause serious injuries, not to mention trauma that can lead to you feeling frightened in the presence of animals in the future. That's why animal injury compensation claims often cover things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical expenses
So if you have been hurt by an animal that you don't own, in the last three years, you owe it to yourself to find out if you can claim the compensation you deserve.
Who's to blame for my animal injury?
Every animal owner is required by law to keep them under control to prevent them from hurting people. Unfortunately, many animals can be unpredictable, especially a number of dog breeds such as pit bull terriers and mastiffs. Even so, there are two different sets of people who could be responsible for your injury:
- If you have been hurt by an animal, such as a dog or a horse that doesn't belong to you, the owner is responsible and you may be able to claim against their home insurance or pet insurance
- If you work with animals – in a Zoo or on a farm, for example – your employer may be responsible for your injury, especially if proper safety precautions weren't taken
Whether you were hurt at work or not, if you have been injured by an animal in the last three years through no fault of your own, find out how to start a No Win No Fee compensation claim by talking to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 175 7900.
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