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Cow attack left walker with serious injuries

The victim of a cow attack suffered multiple fractures when she was trampled and headbutted by a cow while out walking.

Katrina Elsey, one of our personal injury representatives that specialises in animal injury claims, recovered £11,000 compensation for a client that suffered horrific injuries when she was attacked by a cow.

Our client was enjoying a walk in the countryside last summer. Along with her husband, she  walked along a public footpath which led them over stiles and through a field.

There were no signs up warning about cows.

As the couple walked through the field, a herd of about 8 to 10 cows moved towards them. One of the cows charged at our client knocking her to the ground. The cow then repeatedly trampled her with its front hooves, before headbutting her several times in the torso.

The client was treated at the scene by air ambulance paramedics and taken by land ambulance to the major trauma unit at Leeds General Infirmary. There, she received treatment for a fractured skull, broken ribs, a fractured sternum, a laceration to the liver and a fracture to her wrist.

Fortunately, our client made an excellent recovery from her injuries.

Liability was admitted by the farmer and an out of court settlement was agreed.

Katrina commented:  “Many of us have enjoyed getting out and about during lockdown, going for daily walks in the countryside and enjoying the fresh air.

“The law surrounding animal claims can be complex and therefore it is important you get the correct advice on bringing a claim at the outset.

“Cattle, especially young animals, can be inquisitive and often greet walkers. Unfortunately, cows can be unpredictable animals. They are naturally protective of their calves and can attack, often causing serious injuries, sometimes fatal.”

If you have been injured by an animal contact our friendly professionals for a no obligation chat about your options. Call 01302 320621 or email


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