Accidents Involving Animals
You may have been involved in an accident where animals stray onto the highway, had an accident at a riding stables or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time at say a circus or a zoo. All such claims are governed by a piece of Legislation called The Animals Act 1971,
This piece of Legislation is broadly devided between
- dangerous animals and;
- non dangerous animals
Veitch Penny's claims team will be happy to offer specialist help and advice to guide you through this complex area of law.
If you are interested a taste of the courts' approach can be found in the following links
Do remember that the Animals Act provides a defence if the damage is due wholly to the fault of that person suffering it and they voluntarily accepted the risk of that injury. Animals can be dangerous.
Let's consider an example. An inmate escapes from prison and finds shelter in a farms outbuilding. The Police enter the farm with Police dogs. The prisoner is warned that if he does not come out after the count of 5, the dogs will be let loose. The prisoner does not come out within the given time, the dogs are then let off and he is bitten.
This prisoner can make no claim for Injury as it was his fault and as he voluntarily accepted the consequences.