Injuries caused by animals

Injuries caused by animals guidance:

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....

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The Animals Act 1971 is referred to as AA 1971. Animals straying onto the highway Most cases involving animals straying onto the highway will be decided under the law of...

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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...

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Dog’s previous behaviour For most canine claims, the dog’s behaviour in the past is all-important. In a claim in negligence, the claimant must prove that the defendant...

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All animals except those that belong to a dangerous species (all non-dangerous animals) are governed by the same rules. There is sometimes strict liability for injuries...

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Strict liability A keeper of an animal which belongs to a dangerous species is strictly liable for any damage that animal causes. All the claimant needs to prove is that...

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Main causes of action The first step in any claim involving an injury caused by an animal is to decide which law applies. The choice is between the following: • The...

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