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Negotiations Resolve Claim for Animal Attack

April 12th, 2016 | By licnewsadmin

The claim, made by the widow of a man who was killed after being attacked by a bull, was resolved through out-of-court negotiations for an undisclosed figure.

The accident occurred in November 2010, when Glenis and Roger Freeman were walking on a public path that went through the Underhill Farm in Stanford-on-Soar in Leicestershire. However, as   they were walking they began to be trailed by a heard of cows. Yet as they quickened their pace, a bull that was in the heard attacked, seriously injuring both Glenis and Roger.

Glenis managed to crawl to safety on a road nearby and signal to a passing car for assistance. An ambulance was called to the scene, and both victims received emergency first-aid before they were taken to the hospital. Upon her arrival, Glenis was put into a medically-induced coma and was treated for a fractured wrist, broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. When she was woken up from her coma, she learned that her husband Roger had tragically died from his injuries.

After an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, Paul Waterfall – the owner of the farm – was charged with gross negligence manslaughter. The Nottingham Crown Court acquitted him in May 2014, after which time Glenis had sought compensation for the injuries that she had suffered – both her physical and emotional traumas.

Negotiations ensued between the parties, after which the claim for compensation was settled for an undisclosed sum. However, Glenis’ solicitor described the settlement as “significant”.

Whilst speaking to her local paper after the settlement of the claim, Glenis said: “The trial was extremely distressing and I was particularly upset with the not-guilty verdict. I hope that the settlement of this case goes a long way to stop this ordeal happening to anyone else. If only there had been a sign up saying there was a bull in the field, we wouldn’t have gone into the field, and Roger would still be alive today. All farmers should follow the HSE recommendation and put up a sign. As it is, this settlement has shown that farmers can be found liable if they do not show a duty of care to the public.”


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