Petting Zoo and Riding Horse Injuries
The animals you visit at horse farms and petting zoos are not legally considered to be wild or vicious animals. Donkeys, horses, goats, and mules are generally considered to be gentle enough for interaction with supervised children.
However, animals bite. And when provoked, any of these gentle animals could easily draw blood or remove a child’s finger. Luckily, these kinds of incidents are rare and most petting zoos carry sufficient insurance to cover any kind of unfortunate incident between your child and an animal.
If your child was injured at a horse farm or petting zoo, contact a lawyer to get help navigating the complexity of filing an insurance claim. Don’t let the insurance company talk you out of using a lawyer.
You can expect that your lawyer will get sufficient money to cover any medical expenses — including trauma treatment for your child. Because petting zoo animals are not considered to be dangerous or wild, it is unlikely that the animal will be destroyed. However, the animal is likely to be removed from the general population to deter further incidents.