Types of claim involving animals

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

  • Types of claim involving animals
  • Main causes of action
  • Selecting a cause of action

Types of claim involving animals

Main causes of action

The first step in any claim involving an injury caused by an animal is to decide what your causes of action are.

The choice is between the following:

  1. Animals Act 1971 (AA 1971)

  2. negligence

  3. occupiers’ liability

  4. trespass against the person

  5. nuisance

Selecting a cause of action

The main difference between animal-related injuries and most other personal injury claims is that if AA 1971 applies, there will be strict liability (ie liability without fault). This is why it is important to consider whether the case is covered by AA 1971.

The following checklist is a useful starting point:

  1. where injury is caused by an animal of a dangerous species, strict liability under AA 1971 is straightforward. AA 1971, s 6(2) definition of a dangerous animal includes that its species is not commonly domesticated in the British Isles and therefore these types of claim are

Popular documents