Defences to claims for injuries caused by animals
Defences to claims for injuries caused by animals

The following PI & Clinical Negligence guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Defences to claims for injuries caused by animals
  • Accident caused by claimant
  • Voluntary acceptance of risk
  • Trespass

Accident caused by claimant

A defendant will escape liability for injury caused by an animal if they can show that the claimant’s injury was entirely their own fault.

Examples might include the teasing of a dog, or carelessly stepping on a dog's lead causing it to snap.

Voluntary acceptance of risk

A defendant will also escape liability if the claimant voluntarily accepted the risk of injury.

It must be proved tha

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