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Farmer attacked by cow wins 60K

Brian Clemens
Brian Clemens said he cannot go near cows since the attack

A farmer who was attacked by a charging cow and left unable to work has won a 60,000 out-of-court settlement.

Brian Clemens, 49, lost his career and home when he was injured by the animal at Manor Farm in Dorset in 2004.

He was catapulted 5ft (1.5m) in the air injuring his shoulder and hip when he stepped in the path of a cow angry at having its calf taken away.

The case was brought against the owner of Manor Farm and settled outside court, said a lawyer for Mr Clemens.

"It was absolutely terrifying. I thought I might lose my life," said Mr Clemens about the incident.

"I've always been an animal lover but I can't go near cows now.

"It left me unable to do my job and I lost my home, which was a tie-in of working at the farm."

Lost earnings

A farm worker had been rounding up animals and had taken a calf from its mother, causing the animal to become distressed.

Mr Clemens stepped into the path of the charging cow, which then began jumping on him when he landed.

He regained 80% mobility after surgery on his shoulder in 2005 and his hip in 2006 and he now runs a pet and DIY shop in St Just, Penzance with his wife.

Lawyer James Reilly, of law firm Ralli, helped to secure the settlement brought against the owner of the farm and paid his insurers.

Mr Clemens' lawyer James Reilly said: "Brian lost out on three years earnings during his recovery period and faced financial and emotional hardship.

"This was an employer's liability case and we are happy Brian has been recompensed for his injuries."

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