Dangerous Animal Attack Compensation Claims

By Daniel Janeway. Last Updated 28th November 2022. Are you wondering how much you could potentially claim after a dangerous animal attack? If you were injured by an animal, such as livestock or zoo animals, you could be wondering whether you are able to claim. This article will explore how to start a personal injury claim if you’ve been injured in an animal attack. 

Dangerous animal attack guide

Dangerous animal attack guide

To make a valid personal injury claim, you need to be able to prove that the negligence of another caused your injuries. The responsible party must have owed you a duty of care. This guide will look further at what a duty of care entails and how you could prove your claim. 

Our advisors are available 24/7 to offer free legal advice. They can give you specialised guidance on making a claim and may even pass you through to a solicitor from our panel if your claim is valid. 

Read on for more information about animal attack claims. Alternatively, get in touch with us to find out more about starting a claim today. 

Select A Section

  1. What Is A Dangerous Animal Attack?
  2. Who Is Liable For Dangerous Animal Attacks?
  3. What Injuries Could You Suffer?
  4. Livestock And Farm Animal Attacks
  5. What Evidence Do You Need To Make A Claim?
  6. How Much Compensation Can You Get For A Dog Bite?
  7. Start Your No Win No Fee Animal Attack Claim Now
  8. References

What Is  A Dangerous Animal Attack?

An animal attack could be any incident in which an animal has caused you a personal injury. This could include domestic animals, such as cats and dogs, farm animals and livestock and zoo animals. 

If you’re considering making a personal injury claim, it is important to know what duty of care was owed to you in that situation. This duty of care you are owed can vary depending on the scenario.

For example, animal owners are responsible for ensuring they are keeping others safe by keeping their pets or animals in control. This can include on their own property or in public. The duty of care as it applies to “keepers” of animals is set out in the Animals Act 1971

Another example could be the duty of care owed to employees at a zoo or wildlife park. Employers have a duty of care towards all employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This entails taking all reasonably practicable steps to keep them safe in the workplace. 

Why not get in touch today to find out more about whether you could claim for injuries sustained as the result of a dangerous animal attack? If you have a valid case, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

Who Is Liable For Dangerous Animal Attacks?  

In the previous section, we looked at the duty of care that may be owed to you in some environments where you could be at risk of an animal attack. This section will look at some examples of how you could hold a party liable after an injury caused by a dangerous animal attack. 

One example could be if a dog bites you in a public place; you could potentially claim compensation from the owner if they have pet insurance that covers this. In some cases, the dog owner’s home insurance might cover them for these kinds of incidents. 

Another example could be if you are injured at work if you are employed at a zoo or wildlife park. If a zookeeper was not provided with the appropriate training for their job, they could be harmed in a animal attack as a result. They could potentially hold their employer liable for their injuries and claim compensation if this occurred.  

You could also potentially claim if a farm animal or livestock injures you. We will look further at these types of accidents later in this guide. 

If you’re still wondering who could be held liable, get in touch with us now for personalised guidance. If you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

What Injuries Could You Suffer?

There are a variety of injuries you could sustain if an animal attacks you. For example, if you are scratched or bitten by an animal, these could cause bruising and laceration injuries. If your skin is broken, this could lead to an infection.

You could even catch a zoonotic infection, a disease that passes from an animal to a human. This could include rabies, e. Coli, or ebola. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), some groups are more at risk of catching zoonoses. This includes agricultural workers, such as those that work with livestock.

Some other examples of injuries could include:

  • Brain or head injury, such as concussion. For example, an animal may jump up at you and cause you to slip, fall and hit your head. 
  • Crush injuries that may lead to compartment syndrome
  • Dislocation of joints such as a dislocated shoulder or kneecap
  • Fractures, e.g. of the fingers or toes
  • Gore injuries; these can be caused by something pointed, such as a bull horn
  • Lacerations and scars, which could be caused by kicking or biting
  • Back or spine injury, such as a herniated disc

However, this section is not exhaustive. You could suffer other injuries as a result of a dangerous animal attack. To find out more about how to claim for your injuries, get in touch with us today for free legal advice. 

Livestock And Farm Animal Attacks

Farm animals and livestock can be large, so if they become aggressive for any reason, they could cause serious harm. For example, if a horse is startled, it may buck a rider off or kick a handler. Considering horses are large and have hard hooves, an attack could cause severe injuries, such as internal bleeding, or even result in death. Likewise, if a rodent or rat were to bite you, this could lead to serious infection and nerve damage.

If you are an employee of a farm, you could claim compensation from your employer if you are harmed in an attack. Your employer has a duty of care towards you whilst at work. If the attack could have been avoided if your employer had taken all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe, you may have a valid claim. 

Some farms are also open for visitors. Farm owners then have a responsibility to keep these visitors safe under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. If, for example, a goat bit a visitor due to a broken fence that the owner should have repaired, that visitor could then claim against the farm. 

HSE Livestock Injury Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s regulator for workplace health and safety. They also provide helpful statistics about workplace accidents and injuries. 

According to an HSE report on the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry, an estimated 12,000 workers in 2020/21 reported sustaining an injury at work in the Labour Force Survey. This report also showed that 16% of these were caused by workers being injured by an animal, the second most common cause of non-fatal injuries.

This report also showed that, according to Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), there were 34 fatal injuries to workers in 2020/21 in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries. Again, 16% of these were caused by employees being injured by an animal.

What Evidence Do You Need To Make A Claim?

To make a valid personal injury claim, you need to prove that someone breached their duty of care towards you, which led to harm. To do so, you could gather various types of evidence. 

You do not need a solicitor to do this; however, we recommend hiring one. They will have the requisite experience and knowledge to understand what types of evidence will give your claim the best chance of success. This could include:

  • Medical records
  • CCTV footage
  • Photographs of your injury
  • Witness contact details
  • Accident report records (such as from the workplace accident logbook)

Why not contact us today to find out more about what evidence could help you in supporting your claim? One of our advisors could also give you an estimate of the value of your dangerous animal attack claim. 

How Much Compensation Can You Get For A Dog Bite?

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, then you may be wondering how much your claim could be worth. If eligible to receive compensation, then legal professionals calculate how much your settlement will be worth. The figure for your pain and suffering is known as a general damages payment. A publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is used by legal professionals to help value claims.

We’ve included some illustrative figures from the latest update (2022) in the table below. These amounts, whilst they may give you an idea as to how much a claim could be worth, will not be entirely accurate to your own circumstances.


Injury Severity Amount Notes
Head or Brain Minor £2,070 to £11,980 This bracket may cover minimal brain damage, if any, and will be judged upon the severity of the initial injury, time taken to recover and the extent of lasting symptoms.
Hand (C) £90,250 to £102,890 This bracket may cover the total loss of a hand. The hand may have been crushed, resulting in the need for surgical amputation or even traumatic amputation.
Leg Moderate £26,050 to £36,790 This bracket may cover multiple or complicated fractures or severe crushing injuries.
Toe Serious £9,010 to £12,900 This bracket may cover crush injuries or multiple fractures to the great toe or multiple toes. There will be some long-lasting disability and discomfort.
Shoulder Serious £11,980 to £18,020 This bracket may cover the dislocation of the shoulder that results in aching in the elbow, weakness of grip, and restricted shoulder movement.
Thumb Severe £3,710 to £6,360 This bracket may cover a serious dislocation of the thumb.
Elbow Moderate Up to £11,820 This bracket may cover simple fractures, lacerations and tennis elbow syndrome.
Knee Moderate (ii) Up to £12,900 This bracket may cover dislocations, lacerations and bruising with occasional discomfort and pain.
Scars £7,350 to £21,330 This bracket may cover noticeable laceration scars, or a single disfiguring scar on the leg, arm, hand, back or chest areas.
Scars £2,220 to £7,350 This bracket may cover several superficial scars, or a single noticeable scar on the leg, arm or hand areas, with some minor cosmetic defecit.


However, these figures are calculated from past case studies, so they are not guaranteed. You will be invited to an independent medical appointment as part of your claim. Here, your injuries will be assessed based on their severity and the impact they are likely to have on your life. The report produced as a result of this will be used to value your claim. 

You could also claim special damages as part of your compensation. This aims to cover any specific financial losses that may have occurred due to your accident. It may also cover possible financial losses of the future. You could claim for:

  • Medical procedures not covered by the NHS
  • Travel expenses
  • Adjustments to the home
  • Loss of earnings, both past and future

You could provide evidence such as bank statements, receipts or payslips to support your claim for special damages after a dangerous animal attack.

We can address your claim on an individual basis if you get in touch with us today. Reach out to find out more about attacks from dangerous animals in England and Wales, and the Dangerous Dog Act (1991).

Start Your No Win No Fee Animal Attack Claim Now

If you want to make a personal injury claim after being attacked by an animal, you may be worried about funding a solicitor’s work. A No Win No Fee agreement could benefit you if this is the case. 

All of the solicitors on our panel offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you will not have to pay them for their work if your claim is unsuccessful. It also means there are no upfront or ongoing fees to be paid to your solicitor. 

However, your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your compensation once it is fully paid if your claim is successful. This will be pre-discussed and is legally capped so that you will keep the majority of your compensation. 

For more information about No Win No Fee agreements or to start your dangerous animal attack claim, get in touch with our team of advisors. If they pass you on to a solicitor from our panel, you could start your claim today. 


Thank you for reading our guide on dangerous animal accident claims. We hope you found it helpful. For further help, please see below. 

Dog Bite Injury Compensation Guide – This guide provides more specific information on compensation for dog bite injuries. 

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers – An article on how a traumatic brain injury lawyer could provide you with specialised help. 

Compensation for Crushed Fingers – A guide on how you can claim for a crushed finger injury.

Farm Health and Safety – A government guide about health and safety on farms. 

Animal and Human Bites – NHS guidance on steps to take if bitten by an animal or human.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 – Legislation on restrictions for dogs considered dangerous. 

Thank you for reading our guide on dangerous animal attack claims. 

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