Injuries caused by animals—alternative causes of action
Injuries caused by animals—alternative causes of action

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

  • Injuries caused by animals—alternative causes of action
  • Negligence
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Trespass

Negligence

The normal principles of negligence apply to people who own or control animals. All people in charge of their animals are under a duty to take reasonable care to prevent injury to others.

Actions in negligence are still important as it can be difficult to satisfy the conditions required for liability under the Animals Act 1971.

The scope of any duty of care depends on the particular circumstances including the previous behaviour of the animal, its capacity to harm, and the circumstances of the injury.

The injury caused by the animal must be foreseeable. This will depend on the facts of each case, although the particula

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