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Illness or Injury Caused by Livestock
A qualified personal injury solicitor:
To win a claim, our solicitor will first need to establish 'causation'. This is essentially that your injuries or illness have happened from a livestock accident. We will also need to establish that the defendant/ employer was legally responsible for your accident.
Grieves solicitors help victims seek financial compensation and rehabilitation support when faced with an injury through no fault of their own.
If you have been injured in the last three years due to a livestock farm accident, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. You can contact us on 0800 0747 644 or fill in an Online claim form to discuss your circumstances further.
Claiming for an injury caused by livestock:
Farming accidents such as injury caused by animals can have serious implications for victims. The animal owner or keeper can be held liable for the injuries caused, and victims may be able to make a claim against them.
The Animals Act 1971 recognises the need for a law placing the responsibility for the actions of animals at the feet of the owner, whilst at the same time allowing for financial compensation to be paid for damage and injuries caused by animals.
Owners of animals such as cattle, horses or dogs are duty-bound to ensure the safety of other members of the public when interacting with their animals. If it can be established that the owner was negligent, and that this negligence led to an accident involving an animal, you may be eligible to make a claim for financial compensation.
What is zoonosis?
Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, farm animals naturally tend to carry a series of diseases, some of which can also affect humans. These diseases are known as zoonosis.
Although the diseases are rare, proper occupational hygiene practices will protect employees against them. If a farm is open to the public, owners should take special precautions to ensure that guests are not made ill by zoonosis.
Diseases transmitted from animals to humans can also include and affect visitors to the farms, especially those who are more vulnerable to infection such as children or the elderly.
Farms provide ideal conditions for the development of zoonoses, however to make compensation claim for contracting zoonoses on a farm one would need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that this is the case.
What is the prevalence of a zoonotic diseases?
Zoonoses are highly infectious illnesses. Diseases such as orf, bovine tuberculosis and cowpox which may be transferred from animals if areas within the farm, where they are kept are not properly maintained or cleaned.
Zoonoses can easily be spread therefore it is vital that employees and the employer comply with health and safety regulations around the farm.
An employer should provide health and safety training to all employees on basic requirements. Farmers are legally required to assess the risks associated with their line of work and implement any safety standards to reduce risks such as cleaning procedures and signage.
A failure by your employer to manage or maintain the health and safety of their employees can mean that you are entitled to make a compensation claim for contracting zoonoses on a farm.
What to do:
If you are wanting to bring a claim forward it is important to speak with a specialist personal injury solicitor, based on the circumstances surrounding the illness. Grieves Solicitors will be able to determine if you are entitled to make a compensation claim for contracting zoonoses on a farm and will then be able to advise you on how you should proceed if they believe you are eligible for compensation.
If you have sustained a disease or injuries caused by an animal, it is imperative that you seek both medical and legal advice as soon as possible. Huddersfield's Grieves Solicitors specialise in advising the victims of injuries caused by animals, and can help you make a claim for financial compensation.