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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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It’s National Ferret Day

Author: Diane Parker

I am reliably informed that 2nd April is National Ferret Day. This is the 2nd April, not the first of April, so I assume it is genuine, and not a joke.

And what can a law firm have to do with ferrets, I hear you cry?

Well, you’d be surprised:

  • Are you a landlord or a tenant? What do those policies say about pet keeping? Ferrets can do a lot of damage if let loose indoors including chewing, scratching and fouling. If you’re a landlord you may have legitimate grounds for eviction of a ferret-keeping tenant, provided your tenancy agreement bans pet keeping (and not just dogs)  and if you’re a ferret-owning tenant, check that pets are allowed in the property and get written permission if they’re not;
  • Purchasing that property in the first place? Some properties have restrictive covenants in place. These don’t normally prevent pet-owning but is a ferret a pet? Or could it be classified some other way – if you have more than one and breed or race perhaps your ferret ownership could be deemed as running a business, which is a frequent exclusion for residential properties;
  • Ferrets bite! And if you drop them down your trouser leg, as seemed to be quite a trend in my childhood, then any bite could be very painful and might even affect your future procreation abilities! Obviously a deliberately placed ferret would be unlikely to attract any liability to the owner, but if the ferret escaped and bit someone or caused a road traffic accident by running into the road, then the owner might be liable;
  • Routinely dropping ferrets down trouser legs might amount to animal cruelty and an RSPCA prosecution – which could lead to criminal sanctions and a criminal record might be on the cards.

So, if you’re thinking of owning a ferret or any other unusual animal, spare a thought for the legal ramifications of such ownership and if in doubt seek legal advice.