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. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are all very approachable and friendly, and I think that’s the culture that exists throughout the firm. They are a close-knit team.” “They have that mentality of looking after the client first as opposed to their own interests. They always do what’s best for the client.” Notable practitioners: Stuart Brazington (Band 1) offers particular expertise in serious spinal cord and brain injury cases. According to one interviewee, he “knows his cases extremely well” and “has good judgement about which points are likely to be important.” Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) covers a broad range of personal injury matters, including animal cases, sports injuries and motorcycle accidents. Sources describe him as “always very impressive” and note that he’s “very good with clients.””  Chambers 2017 Somerset

“What the team is known for: Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including equine matters, industrial disease cases and cycling accidents. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accident cases, as well as offering significant experience in catastrophic injury claims. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They were all empathetic but businesslike, and this formed absolutely the right mixture. Their advice was delivered to me in exactly the right way.” “They were brilliant and supportive.” Work highlights Acted for a professional jockey in a claim arising from a racing accident in Australia that resulted in complete paraplegia. The case was partially tried at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Advised the widow of a man killed by a bullock, bringing precedent-setting liability claims under the Animals Act. Notable practitioners: Ian Carrier (Band 1) offers extensive expertise in catastrophic injuries, with a particular focus on spinal and brain claims. Impressed clients describe him as “very experienced and knowledgeable,” and note that he “has a genuine interest in you as a person.” He is also praised for his creative approach to complex cases. Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) draws on a wealth of experience in severe injury claims, including paediatric cases and those involving complex neurological issues. She frequently acts as a trustee in high-value settlements. According to one impressed source, Helen Childs (Band 2) was “absolutely superb from the outset” and had “phenomenal attention to detail.” She is held in high regard for her focus on major asbestos-related claims.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King sits on the panels for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Headway. Department head Louise Hart handles amputation, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, PTSD and facial injury matters. Stuart Brazington is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West

“Royds Withy King, Tracy Norris-Evans is renowned for brain injury and paediatric work, and ‘shrewd lawyer and tactician’ Richard Brooks specialises in claims involving animals. Also recommended are Ian Carrier, who is adept in spinal injury claims; and Helen Childs, who leads the industrial diseases practice.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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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