Animals are a part of many Australian’s lives. They are our pets or serve a purpose as work animals. Unfortunately, not all interactions with animals are positive. These bad encounters can lead to injury and even death. Can you request compensation for an animal-related injury?
- Animals on the Road
This is a complicate area of law. There are a number of different scenarios that can apply. For example, if an animal is on a road and is hit by car, which then keeps driving and leaves the animal on the road, you then come along later and hit the dead animal (e.g. let’s say it is dark and hard to see), then you may have a claim under motor vehicle accident laws against the Nominal Defendant.
If an animal is on the road because the owner has failed to properly secure the animal and the owner knows the animal can get out of the property or run around on the street, then you may have a claim for compensation directly against the animal owner. In this case, the claim is a public liability claim. There are many different scenarios and different laws apply to them all.
- Compensation for Animal Bites
Dog bites are a big concern since these animals tend to live closely with humans. To have a successful claim you must be able to prove that the dog owner knew their dog was aggressive, violent or would attack others. Generally, if a dog bites a person without warning, having never bitten someone before or not having shown any aggressive/violent nature, the claim will unlikely succeed.
To learn more about making claims for injuries caused by domestic animals, contact Carew Lawyers. We can assess the situation and help you determine if you are eligible for compensation.