Animal Accident Claims

Accidents involving animals occur when animal owners fail to take responsibility for their pets, causing a member of the public to suffer an injury. This might be because the animal has been mistreated, is not properly controlled or is classed as dangerous.

If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in an animal accident, we understand the trauma you will be going through. Dog attacks in particular can be extremely scary and can result in horrific injuries, not only physically but also psychologically. Horse accidents are also very frightening, and falling from a horse can lead to significant harm, including fractures, spinal damage and sometimes even brain damage.

We have listed details specific to these types of animal accidents – you can access this information using the quick links below:

Can You Make An Animal Accident Claim?

Once the necessary medical assistance has been sought, you need to consider who is to blame for your accident. Indeed, people have an obligation to handle their animals in a way that will not cause harm to others. Furthermore, road users have a duty to respect horse riders who are out on hacks. If there is a failure on the part of an animal owner or a road user to meet these responsibilities and this negligence has caused you to sustain an injury, you will have the grounds to make an animal accident claim.

If you would like to talk to a solicitor about taking legal action, get in touch with our team today. We will help establish if you’re able to make an animal accident claim, and if so, we handle everything on your behalf, helping you to get the compensation you deserve. This will allow you to obtain redress for the damages you have wrongfully experienced, including your injuries, as well as any financial loss. 

If you would like to talk to a solicitor about claiming compensation for your animal accident claim, please contact us today to arrange a consultation.

Please complete an Online Enquiry, email or call us on 1890 989 289.

Dog Attack Claims

Dog attacks can result in terrible injuries, not to mention significant psychological damage. In cases where babies and infants are involved, the consequences can even be fatal.

If this has occurred as a result of the negligence or recklessness of its owner, you need to speak to a solicitor, as you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you or your loved ones have suffered. At Gibson & Associates, we regularly claim financial redress for the victims of dog attacks. Our experienced lawyers will provide you with clear, easy to understand legal advice during an initial consultation, allowing you to make a fully informed decision about whether to pursue a dog attack claim.

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Can I Claim Dog Attack Compensation?

You could be entitled to claim dog attack compensation if:

  • If you have suffered a dog attack in the last two years
  • Were under 18 at the time of the attack and have yet to reach your 20th birthday
  • Or if a loved one was fatally injured in a dog attack within the last two years

For your dog attack claim to be successful you will need to demonstrate that another person’s negligence or reckless behaviour was in some way responsible for the dog attack that caused your injuries. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Owners knowingly owning a dog classified as ‘dangerous’ under the terms of the Dangerous Dogs Act
  • Owners mistreating and neglecting a dog to such an extent that it becomes dangerous

Whatever the circumstances, if another party is to blame, you will be in a position to take legal action.

Dog Attacks in Ireland – Helpful links

Dog attacks are not uncommon in Ireland and recent statistics show that they are on the rise. There are ways you can ensure your family and loved ones stay safe around your own dogs, as well as dogs unknown to you.

  • The DSPCA have an incredibly comprehensive guide which details how to keep children safe around all dogs, including key canine behaviours to look out for that can help you prevent an attack on an infant. You can find this here:

Making a Dog Attack Claim

If you have been injured during a dog bite or attack and would like to make a dog attack claim, contact the experienced team of personal injury* lawyers at Gibson & Associates.

We will be able to suggest whether or not you are able to make a claim for a dog attack or bite and if so, will help you get the dog attack compensation you rightfully deserve.

Horse Accident Claims

If you’ve been injured in a horse riding accident for which someone else is to blame, you need expert legal advice. Horse riding injuries can be of a serious and debilitating nature; if you sustained such injuries through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a horse riding accident claim.

For your Horse Accident Claim Assessment, complete an Online Enquiry or call us on 1890 989 289 and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

Common Causes of Horse Accident Claims

Horses are large and often unpredictable animals and even the most proficient of riders can fall and suffer injury. However, there are times when a horse rider is hurt as a direct result of another party’s negligence. This might be a groom who is harmed while at work, or a rider who has been injured during a lesson or a hack. In such cases, the harmed individual will be the victim of personal injury*, meaning he or she will be entitled to pursue a claim for the damage that has been caused.Couple riding horses, horse riding accident claims

Horse accident claims can arise for a number of reasons and can affect both novice and experienced riders. Some of the most common causes of horse accident claims include:

  • Horse riders being given defective equipment to use
  • Riders being injured because the girth on their saddle has not been adequately tightened
  • Horse riders being led out on a hack, only to encounter a dangerous surface
  • Riders being given a horse which is known to be difficult
  • Poor management of a hack, with instructors failing to take charge of health and safety
  • A vehicle has travelled too fast or too closely to a horse, causing them to become frightened and bolt
  • A riding school has not taken sufficient steps to protect its employees, causing a member of staff to become involved in a horse accident

Horse Riding Accident Claims

If you think you are in a position to make a horse riding accident claim, please get in touch with us at Gibson & Associates. We have handled many horse accident claims and our specialist solicitors will work closely with equine experts to identify and apportion blame for your injury.

We have a proven track record in handling horse injury claims so if you or somebody you know has had a horse accident caused by a motorist or a negligent third party, please call our personal injury* solicitors now.

Talk to our Expert Team Today

If you would like to talk to a solicitor about making any type of animal accident claim, contact the experienced team of personal injury* lawyers at Gibson & Associates. For more information about our solicitors and our claims process, head to our ‘Why Choose Us’ page.

You can find out more about how we can help on our personal injury* information page. You can also complete an Online Enquiry or call us on 1890 989 289 and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement

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