A woman, who was seriously wounded in an attack by a bull that left her husband fatally injured, has received an undisclosed settlement of compensation.
The accident occurred in late 2010, when Glenis and Roger Freeman were walking on a public path that lead through a privately owned farm, the Underhill Farm, on Stanford-on-Soar in Leicestershire. As they were walking, they began to be followed by a herd of cows – quickly realising that there was a bull amongst them. The couple quickened their pace, but the bull still attacked.
Glenis, though injured, managed to crawl to a nearby road and wave down a passing car for help. An ambulance was called to the scene, and first aid was administered before the couple were transported to the hospital. When she arrived, Glenis was put into a medically-induced coma as she was treated for a ruptured spleen and fractures to her wrist and ribs. When she awoke, she learned the tragic news that her husband had not survived the attack.
An investigation ensued into the circumstances of the accident, and the owner of Underhill Farm – Paul Waterfall – was charged with gross negligence manslaughter. In 2014, the Nottingham Crown Court acquitted him of the charges. However, Glenis had already sought legal counsel and planned to make a claim for the injuries she had suffered during the attack. This was for both her physical wounds and the emotional trauma incurred.
Negotiations began between the parties, and an undisclosed settlement – described by Glenis’ lawyer as a “significant sum” – was agreed upon.
Once this was announced, Glenis said whilst speaking with her local paper that “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.”