Free Supermarket Accident Claim Assessment Free Supermarket Accident Claim Assessment

Compensation Claim for an Infection from a Farm Animal

Is it possible to pursue a compensation claim for an infection from a farm animal?

It may be possible to pursue a compensation claim for an infection from a farm animal if you are able to prove that someone other than yourself was at fault for you contracting the infection. If the owner of the animal from which you contracted the farm animal infection failed to take proper health and safety precautions or failed to address the infection in a “reasonable” timeframe, you may be entitled to claim compensation for an infection as it may mean that they failed in their ‘duty of care’ toward you. According to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COOSH), an animal in which a farm animal infection is discovered should be removed from the heard immediately and placed in isolation until the infection subsides.

If you are seeking to pursue a compensation claim for an infection from a farm animal as an employee whose farm animal infection was caused by one of their employer’s animals, you may be eligible to pursue compensation if you were not provided the appropriate training and safety gear to do your job correctly. If your job requires face masks, overalls or gloves to be worn and they were not provided, it may mean that you are eligible to pursue compensation for an infection.

In order to ensure that your infection does not spread, you should visit a doctor immediately after noticing it. Not only is visiting a doctor key to protecting your own health and the safety of others, it will also allow you to access a medical report of your infection – evidence which may prove useful when you proceed with your claim. This is especially true in regard to infections as compared to other injuries, as there is likely to be no visible scarring remaining once the infection has subsided.

In order to ensure that the infection does not spread any further, your employer may be required to report it to the Health and Safety Authority, who may in turn decide to carry out their own investigation. Obtaining a copy of the results of the investigation may allow you to add to your evidence if its results support your claim for compensation for an infection.

You should not wait until after the HSA completes its investigation to begin your pursuit of compensation for an infection. In order to maximise the likelihood of you being awarded compensation, you should speak with your solicitor as soon as possible after you have had your infection treated. Speaking with a solicitor about your compensation claim for an infection from a farm animal as early as possible may allow you to accelerate your claim provided liability is admitted or you have sufficient evidence already collected.