Injured by a cow

Can I make a claim if I am injured by a cow?

Cows grazing peacefully in our picturesque countryside are a common sight. However, while these gentle creatures may seem harmless, encounters with them can sometimes result in serious injury. If you find yourself the victim of an attack, you might wonder about your rights and whether you can make a claim compensation. This article aims to shed light on the legal aspects surrounding injuries caused by cows in England and Wales.

The legal framework for personal injury claims involving animals, including cows, is primarily governed by the Animals Act 1971. This legislation outlines the liability of animal owners for injuries caused by their animals. According to the Act, if a person suffers injury due to an animal’s behaviour, the owner of the animal can be held liable under certain circumstances.

Under the Animals Act 1971, liability for injuries caused by cows typically depends on whether the animal’s behaviour was foreseeable and whether the owner took reasonable precautions to prevent harm. If it can be established that the owner failed to control their cow or take adequate precautions to prevent harm, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries.

Factors such as the location of the animal, the circumstances in which the incident occurred, and whether warning signs were in place can all influence the outcome of a personal injury claim. For instance, if a cow injures someone on public land where the animals are known to roam freely without appropriate fencing or warning signs, the owner may be found liable for negligence.

In rural areas of England and Wales, public rights of way often traverse farmland where cattle graze. While landowners have a duty to ensure the safety of those using public rights of way, individuals also have a responsibility to exercise caution and adhere to any guidance or warnings provided.

If you are injured by a cow while using a public right of way, it’s essential to document the incident. Reporting the incident to the landowner or relevant authorities can also help establish the circumstances surrounding the injury.

We specialise in personal injury claims involving cattle, and can work on a No Win, No Fee basis. Our team will be happy to assess the viability of your case free of charge and will guide you through the claims process.

Just email details of your case to us at [email protected]¬†or give us a call on 0333 888 0404.

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Jasmine Moxey-Butler

Jasmine is a specialist personal injury lawyer. She is based at our Taunton office where she represents clients nationwide. Jasmine has achieved a number of particularly noteworthy successes and has been able to succeed in cases where other law firms have failed. Her tenacity and expertise brings results and her clients are thoroughly impressed by the service she provides.
Picture of Jasmine Moxey-Butler

Jasmine Moxey-Butler

Jasmine is a specialist personal injury lawyer. She is based at our Taunton office where she represents clients nationwide. Jasmine has achieved a number of particularly noteworthy successes and has been able to succeed in cases where other law firms have failed. Her tenacity and expertise brings results and her clients are thoroughly impressed by the service she provides.

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