In Ireland, we have many farms and animal sanctuaries where – in the main – the animals are well maintained and securely penned. However, in some instances those animals may injure a member of the public when allowed to escape from their enclosure or when approached while protecting their young. Farm workers are also exposed to the risk of animal injury when moving livestock. When such events happen due to negligence of the farmer or sanctuary proprietor, you are entitled to make an animal injury compensation claim.
An animal injury claim for compensation could also arise if you are attacked by a dog in the street. In Ireland we have the “Control of Dogs Act” which legislates that any person allowing their dog to cause harm can be brought before the courts and made to pay for the damage. Most domestic animal owners will have pet insurance which includes third party liability. Claims for animal injury compensation can be made against the owner´s home insurance policy – as they are the liable party for your animal injury.
Children are particularly vulnerable to animal injuries, and if you or they should sustain an injury from any animal, it is essential that you seek immediate medical attention. As well as lacerations, fractures and crush injuries, animals carry diseases to which the human body is not immune. As no amount of animal injury compensation will ever make up for permanent scars or disabilities which could have been avoided, it should always be your priority to make sure that any injury sustained from an animal is treated adequately before consulting a solicitor about making a animal injury compensation claim.
Making a Animal Injury Compensation Claim
Claims for animal injury compensation are initially made to the Injuries Board Ireland in the same way as any personal injury claim. Applications for animal injury compensation should be accompanied by a copy of your medical notes and either a report from the farmer´s “Accident Report Book” where the animal injury was recorded or from the Gardai when you have subsequently reported the animal injury to them.
An experienced personal injury claims solicitor will be able to advise you on the completion and submission of the application form to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your animal injury claim including special damages to cover any medical costs, ongoing therapy and potential loss of earnings.
A solicitor will also be able to advise you on the appropriate action to take should the negligent party deny their responsibility for your animal injury claim, or argue that you were responsible for your injuries by your own actions – issues which mean that the Injuries Board Ireland decline to assess your animal injury compensation claim.
Free Animal Injury Claims Advice
Therefore, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor before making an application to the Injuries Board Ireland. For this reason, we have set up a free animal injury claims advice service on 1800 911 940, which you are invited to call if you have sustained an injury from an animal in an accident for which you were not to blame.
Our service will enable you to speak directly with a solicitor, discuss your entitlement to claim animal injury compensation and receive some impartial and practical advice. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about making an animal injury compensation claim without being obliged to proceed with a claim. All calls to our free animal injury claims advice service are completely confidential.
Call us now on 1800 911 940 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
Our solicitors have many years experience helping clients make personal injury claims after being injured in an accident. However, no two claims are alike, so when you call our free animal injury claims advice service we would ask you to describe all the circumstances surrounding your animal injury.
We will need to know how the accident occurred, what injuries were sustained and how they were treated. We would also like to know if there is the requirement for ongoing medical attention or care – such as plastic surgery or therapy for post-traumatic stress – and if your animal injury means that you are suffering from a loss of earnings, either due to your own injuries or from taking a child to receive medical attention.
Wherever possible, we will try to establish with our initial conversation whether there is a claim for animal injury compensation which is worth your while to pursue, how long the animal injury claim is likely to take and how much animal injury compensation we would anticipate you would receive.
At the end of your call to our free animal injury claims advice service, we would ask if you have any further questions and check that you have understood the advice that we have offered. We will also provide a list of options for you, which you are under no obligation to act upon, but which you may like to consider further.
Indeed, once you have discussed these with family and friends, you may wish to call us back with more questions – which you are more than welcome to do. However, we would advise not to leave it too long before contacting our free animal injury claims advice service as time limits exist in which you are allowed to make an animal injury compensation claim.
Therefore, you are advised to call 1800 911 940 at your earliest convenience and speak to one of our experienced solicitors. If now is not a suitable time, please take advantage of our call back service and complete your contact details in the form at the foot of the page, enabling one of our helpful team to get back in touch with you.