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Animal Injury Claims in Northern Ireland

If you or a loved one has been injured by an animal in Northern Ireland, choose the solicitors that will get you the results you deserve. Contact our team of experienced, compassionate, and friendly solicitors today to discuss your case and begin the process of pursuing your animal injury claim.

Animal Injury Solicitors in Belfast & Northern Ireland

If you have been injured by an animal in Northern Ireland, it’s possible that you may be entitled to make an animal injury claim. Our experienced solicitors can help you with various types of animal injury claims including:

  • Dog bite injuries
  • Injuries caused by livestock
  • Horse riding accidents
  • Animal accidents on farms accidents
  • Road traffic accidents caused by animals.

At Paschal O’Hare, we have extensive experience in handling animal injury claims in Northern Ireland. We understand that each injury is unique. That’s why our team will work closely with you to build a strong case and secure the best possible outcome for you.

Our team of injury solicitors understands the complex legal framework that governs these types of claims and we’ll always provide you with the guidance and support you need. Whether the type of harm you may have suffered, we’ll be there fighting for the maximum amount of animal injury compensation that you deserve.

Whether you’re in Belfast or anywhere else in Northern Ireland, trust our firm to guide you through the legal process.

What is an animal injury claim?

Animal injury claims are types of injury claims that arise from an incident involving animals. This includes injuries caused by domestic animals, like dogs, as well as livestock including cattle, sheep and horses. Injuries can range from minor bites to serious injuries like broken bones.

Who can make animal injury claims in Northern Ireland?

Anyone who suffered an injury in Northern Ireland caused by an animal may likely be able to make an animal injury claim. This includes people who have been bitten or attacked by a domesticated animal as well as livestock.

Depending on the injuries, the Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 lays the groundwork for your ability to claim and explains who you can claim against. It also provides guidance on damage done by dangerous animals as well as damage from animals straying onto the public road.

In many cases, the owner is likely liable to pay compensation for injuries or damage caused by their animal. However, it is important to note that in order to make a successful claim, the injured person must be able to prove that the animal’s owner/keeper was negligent in some way. This may include failing to properly restrain the animal.

Injuries sustained by animals escaping a field in Northern Ireland

Animals that escape fields are a common cause of accidents in Northern Ireland. These accidents can be very serious and may even result in death. Some examples of common animals that escape and the injuries they may cause includes:

  • Cows: They can easily cause serious injury due to their size. They have been known to charge and trample people. If you’re knocked down by a cow it’s possible to suffer broken bones and head injuries. 
  • Horses: Can be very dangerous if spooked. They may injure you if they kick or trample you, potentially causing broken bones and other serious injuries.
  • Sheep: While less dangerous than cows or horses, sheep can still cause injury if they run into you. It’s possible to suffer bruises or even broken bones if they knock you over. 
  • Pigs: Known to bite people and also are capable of knocking over people, causing broken bones and head injuries. 
  • Goats: If they feel threatened, goats are known to headbutt and kick people . It’s possible to suffer head injuries or broken bones under these circumstances.

If you or a lovely one has been injured by an animal that has escaped from a field, our solicitors can help. We have experience dealing with animal injury claims and can help you navigate the legal process. We are here to gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf. We’re confident that we can get you the compensation you deserve.

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How much compensation can I receive for your animal accident claim?

The amount of compensation you can claim in Northern Ireland will depend on a number of factors. One of the most important includes the severity of your injuries. Our animal accident solicitors will calculate the total value of your claim, taking into account factors such as:

  • Pain & suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earnings

Our website features a helpful compensation calculator that provides some information related to the value of certain injuries. However, it’s always best to reach out to one of our solicitors to determine a more accurate estimate.

Trust our reputation and experience

With over 50 years of experience, Paschal O’Hare has built a reputation for excellence in personal injury law. We are proud to be the highest-rated injury law firm on Trustpilot in Northern Ireland, reflecting our dedication to client satisfaction and our unwavering commitment to securing the best possible outcomes for those who require representation.

Our personal injury solicitors go above and beyond to provide comprehensive support throughout your animal injury claim. We understand that each case is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. Our services include:

  • A thorough assessment of your claim to determine its validity and potential value
  • Assistance with gathering crucial evidence, such as medical records and witness statements.
  • Expert guidance on the legal process, ensuring you understand your rights
  • Skilful negotiation with insurance companies and the responsible parties

Our solicitors are not only experienced in handling animal injury claims but also compassionate and understanding of the emotional toll these incidents can take on victims and their families. We are committed to providing a friendly and supportive environment, where you can feel confident that your case is in the best possible hands.

Whether you sustained a dog bite in Belfast or horse riding injury elsewhere in Northern Ireland, choose our firm for your animal injury claim. You can trust that you are working with a team of solicitors who are not only experts in their field but also genuinely care about your well-being and success.

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“Animal accident injuries can be very serious. We are here to help our clients get the representation they deserve. ”

Animal Injury Claims in Belfast and Northern Ireland FAQs

In most cases, the owner or keeper of the animal that caused the injury is responsible for paying compensation to the victim. This is typically done through their insurer. 

In Northern Ireland, the time limit for making an animal injury claim is typically 3 years from the date of the incident. However, it’s essential to speak with a solicitor to help determine if you are eligible.

While it’s possible for you to make an animal injury claim without the help of a solicitor, it’s generally advisable to seek legal advice. An experienced solicitor can guide you through the entire legal process, helping you to gather evidence, and they’ll even negotiate a settlement on your behalf.

Even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you may still be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Our solicitors will assess the circumstances of your accident and explain how much you’re likely eligible for.

Start the claims process by simply contacting our solicitors for a free phone consultation. We’ll assess your case and provide you with legal advice on the best course of action.

Injury claims are typically settled out of court through negotiations with insurers and other parties involved. However, if a fair settlement cannot be reached, our injury solicitors are prepared to represent you in court to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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