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Compensation claims, without the bull

A livestock judge was trampled by a bull at an agricultural show in Fife in Scotland last week and had to go to hospital for treatment. Although you might think this is an occupational hazard at these kind of events, compensation claims for injuries caused at shows are not uncommon – and are often justified.

Health and safety measures tend to be a top priority for show organisers where there’s an interface between people and animals, especially livestock, whose behaviour can’t always be predicted. Fortunately the judge escaped with minor bruises in this instance and may even have felt more embarrassed than anything else, but it could have been more serious. Had the bull escaped the arena and injured some spectators then the organisers could be facing a number of compensation claims if negligence on their part was to blame for the animal getting out.

Compensation claims are almost always prompted by someone else’s alleged negligence. Twenty-three-year-old racing driver Dean Stoneman is currently seeking compensation from his GP for an alleged misdiagnosis. He lodged papers at the High Court in London last week, seeking more than £300,000 because he says his doctor failed to spot his cancer in 2010, as he was about to start his Formula 1 career.

His claim is for suffering, pain and loss of earnings. Mr Stoneman, then 19, went to his GP complaining of sore nipples and pain in his testicles and said he was told this was due to a hormone imbalance. But in 2011, after seeing a different GP, he was sent for tests and found to have stage IV cancer which had since spread to his abdomen and lungs. His survival chances are put at 50%.

As compensation claims go, this is at the more extreme end of the scale but not uncommon. What is common is people being unsure how to proceed when they feel the have a legitimate reason to claim. Good advice is essential and that is what you can expect when you contact PHC Law. With over 100 years’ combined experience and a 98% success rate, you want them in your corner when seeking compensation claims. Bull or no bull.