Animal accident claims

Leaders in the field for animal accident compensation claims

Clear understanding developed from work in the bloodstock and farming industries

Experienced team of passionate solicitors

Top Tier personal injury law firm

Accredited personal injury solicitors

A deeper understanding of your animal accident claim

‘A valid animal claim may well be abandoned because some lawyers will say the accident is “just one of those things”‘

If you have been injured by an animal and want to make a compensation claim, you may come up against a number of obstacles. The law is complex, and many lawyers brush off animal accidents as ‘just one of those things.’ But not us.

You’re in safe hands

Before making a claim, you want to know that your legal representative understands your case inside out. At Royds Withy King, we are nationally renowned for our work in animal injury claims.

Many Royds Withy King clients make successful claims for compensation and it is often the case that there is no-one to blame. It is often critical to examine the behaviour of the animal rather than their owner.


  • Horse accidents

    If you’re a keen horse rider, you will know that a horse can spook, kick, rear or bolt whenever it feels in any danger. And if you work with horses, you may well pick up an injury due to your working environment. If your injury is serious, you’ll want medical help to get you back on your feet, as well as protection for your earnings on top of any PRIS or RIABS payments that may be available to you. At Royds Withy King, we have extremely close links with the equine community and understand the issues you face. We will help you make a claim speedily and effectively.

  • Dog accidents

    There are over eight million dogs in the UK, and every year thousands of people suffer from injuries caused by dogs. Every dog owner is responsible for making sure their dog doesn’t harm anyone else. To assess your claim, the Courts will look at the injury and whether it could have been foreseen or prevented. You may also find that the owner is legally responsible for paying compensation for injuries and property damage, even if they are not to blame at all.

  • Cow accident claims

    From cars hitting cows that have escaped from a field, to walkers being trampled by cows, many people are injured by cows every year. The farmer may not be to blame, but you may still be able to make a claim as the law requires insurers to pay compensation. We can help you assess the merits of your claim and work towards a speedy conclusion for you.

Sarah’s story – a successful claim after being attacked by cows

Hear more about Sarah’s story, following a successful claim for animal injury as a result of being attacked by cows:

Our credentials

“What the team is known for:
Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Demonstrates further skill in the area of asbestos-related diseases.

“I feel there is a strong culture within the firm that fosters excellence delivered in a friendly, approachable way,” reports a source.

Another interviewee states: “They are the best local firm for me to deal with as their whole focus is professional and efficient.”

Work highlights:
Represented a claimant who suffered serious brain injury, in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case worth £15.8 million.

Notable practitioners:
Stuart Brazington (Band 1) leads the brain injury team and possesses notable expertise in serious spinal cord injury claims. One source highlights: “He’s a brain injury specialist; it’s a tricky area and he’s very good at it. He knows a lot about medicine as well as litigation tactics.”

Senior associate Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) offers particular strength in severe injury cases arising from accidents involving animals, sports and motorcycles.

Louise Hart is Recognised Practitioner.”
Chambers 2018 Somerset

“What the team is known for:
Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including industrial disease cases, cycling accidents and equine matters. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accidents as well as catastrophic injuries, with a focus on brain and spinal injuries.

Interviewees praise the lawyers’ involvement in each case: “They are very supportive of clients, you get the feeling that it’s not just business to them. They work well in teams, are responsive and quick to get back to you.”

Others agree, and attest the success of this ethos: “We were never made to feel like a case, we were treated with open communication as we if we were in a partnership. The attention to detail and professionalism of the lawyers led to great results.”

Notable practitioners:
The “tenacious and excellent” Ian Carrier (Band 1) focuses on catastrophic injury work, primarily spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. One client states: “He has strong communication skills, and excellent and far-reaching technical knowledge. We could not have asked for a better partners, it was just superb case management.”

Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) is highly reputable in claims of high complexity and severity including paediatric cases as well as those with complex neurological issues. One interviewee states: “She is very thorough and has an exceptionally good manner with clients. She is someone who inspires trust.”

Helen Childs (Band 2) is a specialist in industrial diseases and is especially noted for asbestos litigation. One client attests: “She is an expert in this field, which was paramount. She worked tirelessly and went to the moon and back for us. She was empathetic and genuine, nothing was too much trouble.“”
Chambers 2018 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King’s personal injury team has ‘a wealth of experience and a very client-focussed approach’. It is ‘very strong on brain injury claims’ and provides an overall ‘excellent’ level of service. Particular areas of expertise include spinal injuries, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, amputations, asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents as well as claims arising from accidents involving animals, in particular horses. The ‘vastly experienced’ team is jointly led by Louise Hart and Stuart Brazington. The ‘tenacious’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Hart has ‘unrivalled’ experience in acting for clients who have sustained a personal injury with subsequent chronic pain’ while the ‘highly competent’ Brazington is ‘a very good strategist’. Senior associate Mark Hambleton, whose specialisms include sports-related injuries, is ‘client-focused’. The practice’s recent caseload includes representing a client who had suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury in a multi-million-pound claim before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) First Tier Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.”
Legal 500 2017 South West

“The ‘excellent and forward-thinking firm’ Royds Withy King in Oxford, which ‘strikes the right balance through quality advice and great client care’, was created through a merger between law firm Royds and the Bath-based Withy King in September 2016. Team lead Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in brain injury and paediatric claims and also acts as a professional deputy, while the ‘experienced practitioner’ Ian Carrier is known for his spinal injuries and fatal accidents work and has ‘impressive attention to detail and case preparation skills’. Other notable individuals are Richard Brooks, who regularly handles animal-related claims and ‘knows equine matters inside out’, and industrial diseases expert Helen Childs. As a result of the merger, James Millar Craig, who gained experience in permanent health insurance cases, was added to the team. The ‘highly organised, knowledgeable and approachable’ associates Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James joined from Boyes Turner and Irwin Mitchell, respectively. Especially recommended in ‘asbestos-related claims’, Seavor represented a client who had developed mesothelioma through his occupation at a railway company from the late sixties to the early seventies; he wanted the claim to settle during his lifetime and accepted an offer of £230,000.”
Legal 500 2017 South East

We are extremely grateful for having you fighting [our] corner. You have been compassionate, reliable and professional and we thank you very much for all you have done.
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If you have been injured by an animal in the last three years, you may have a valid claim for compensation.  If you are uncertain please get in touch for some free of charge initial advice.

Compensation is designed to put the claimant in the position they would have been in had the accident not occurred. Obviously it is never actually possible to do that for someone who has suffered a severe and life changing injury. The only form of compensation available under the current system is financial compensation. Whilst it is impossible to put a price on someone’s health, the law must do its best to attempt to value a claim.


Every case is different. Your case is personal to you and what compensation is appropriate for you may be quite different to another case.


As well as compensation for your physical and psychological injuries, you are also entitled to the financial losses and expenses incurred as a direct result of the accident. Examples include: 1) loss of earnings, bonus and other benefits 2) private medical expenses, 3) transport costs, 4) care, support and assistance. We can discuss the losses with you in more detail at the beginning of your case. It is important to try and keep a record along with your receipts and photographs.

The time it takes to settle a claim varies greatly. It generally depends on 1) whether liability is disputed and 2) the complexity of your injuries. We are experienced in obtaining interim payments to help while you’re recuperating. We can guide you on the likely timescale for concluding your claim when we hear about your accident.

If you are unhappy with your current legal representation, we may be able to help as we regularly take over the conduct of claims from other firms of solicitors. We would be happy to discuss this over the phone or via email. Also, if your claim was settled within the last six years and you feel you have been let down by your previous legal team, we would be happy to speak to you.

There are a number of options available for paying for your solicitor’s costs. We are happy to consider representing you on a Conditional Fee Agreement (“no win, no fee” basis). As the name implies you have the peace of mind that if you lose your case you should not have to pay any legal costs. This is something we can discuss in much more detail when you get in touch to talk about your accident.

Contact us to find out if we could help you bring a successful claim for an injury caused by an animal. Call 0800 923 2068 or email