Claiming compensation for your dog bite injury
Whilst dogs are some of the most beloved pets they can be unpredictable. If a dog suddenly attacks, not only is it a traumatic experience but you could be left facing severe injuries as well as it has an impact on you mentally.
No one deserves to feel pain or nervous that’s why we’re here to help make your wrong experience right.
You could make a claim for compensation if you have been attacked or bitten by someone else’s dog and it wasn’t your fault.
We understand you have been through physical and psychological trauma, but when you’re ready to speak with someone then our team is here, just call 08000 250 250 to find out more about claiming for your dog bite injury.
The Dangerous Dog Act 1991
All breeds of dog, large or small, can cause serious damage when they bite, however, the law deems some types of dogs more dangerous than other breeds.
The Dangerous Dog Act 1991 was introduced by the government to protect the public from dangerous dogs and to try and stop the breeds seen as more dangerous than others from getting into the hands’ people who might breed or train them to be aggressive.
The dog breed listed as the most dangerous in the Act include:
- Pit bull terriers
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Filo Brasileiro
The Act also makes it illegal for any dog to remain out of control, meaning if the owner has a temperamental dog it must be kept on a lead and muzzled when in public places.
If the owner owns one of the above-mentioned dogs then they are under strict requirements to ensure the safety of the public and the dog not only is required to be muzzled and on a lead but also chipped, tattooed, insured and registered on the Index of Exempted Breeds.
Even if there is no history of aggression, if you have been attacked by one of these dog breeds then you could be entitled to compensation. However, any dog can be aggressive and therefore, dangerous so even if the dog that may have attacked you isn’t listed then you could still be eligible to make a claim.
What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?
First and foremost, we highly recommend seeking medical attention if you have suffered a dog bite.
Dog bites can often look less serious than they actually are and can easily become infected. Seeking medical attention will not only give you the peace of mind that your injury will not worsen but will also create an official record of the bite.
If you decide you want to make a personal injury compensation claim for your dog bite injury then your medical records can be used to support your claim.
Secondly, we recommend that you note down and keep the owner details including their name, address and contact details, this will be required by your solicitor if you choose to claim compensation.
I was bitten by a dog on holiday
Seeking medical attention is important when bitten by a dog abroad as they can carry viruses such as rabies that can be harmful and even fatal to humans.
My child was bitten by a dog
Watching a loved one going through pain and suffering is hard and we understand if your child has been injured then it can become more difficult. Unfortunately, we cannot change the events that have happened but we can help you gain the compensation your child deserves and help them gain the help and support they need.
Children that have been bitten by a dog not only face the physical pain but most are left with psychological trauma as a result, this will also be considered when negotiating your child’s compensation.
I was bitten by a stray dog
Similar to being bitten by a dog abroad, being bitten by a stray dog can cause worries due to the possibility of it carrying viruses, it is highly advisable to seek medical attention to ensure your injury isn’t worse than it looks.
You may also be concerned as to whether you can claim or not as there is no owner, however, even if the owner cannot be located you may still be able to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
I’m thinking of making a dog bite claim?
To ensure you are eligible to make a claim you must ensure your accident:
- Happened in the last 3 years
- Was not your fault
- Caused you an injury
If your dog bite fits into all of the above then you could be entitled to make a claim. Contact our team today on 08000 250 250, we will ask you a few questions regarding your experiences and provide you with tailored advice, help and support.
To ensure we can provide you with the best possible advice and ensure your claim can be set up quickly if you decide to proceed then having the following information to hand would be useful:
- Details of the dog owner including name, address and any other contact details you may have obtained
- If the police were contacted and any details they have given you
- (if possible) If the dog owner has insurance, either pet or home
It is recommended to report a dog attack to the police, they can then ensure the dog owner follows the correct regulations and rules regarding safety measures to ensure members of the public are kept safe. They will also be able to keep the dog listed on a record of potentially dangerous dogs.
Your claim will be more likely be successful if you have been attacked by a dog that is already known as dangerous, especially if the owner has not followed the safety measure advised to them such as not using a muzzle or a lead at all times in public places.
Contact us today and find out how we can help you
We have many years of specialist experience and thousands of successful claims, we can help make claiming your compensation simple and easy.
The first step is to contact our legal advice team, either fill in our online form and we will call you or call us on 08000 250 250. We will discuss your experience and injuries on a free, confidential, no-obligation basis. This way you don’t have to worry about being pressured into claiming and can gain all the tailored legal information you need to make an informed decision.
Whether you want to ask a few questions, discuss your experiences or just have a chat, our legally trained team is here for you.