Delivery and courier dog bite claim

Delivery and courier dog bite claim. The increase in online shopping has led to an increase in the number of deliveries being made to our homes. Not surprisingly there has been a marked increase in the number of bites sustained by delivery drivers and couriers.

Fortunately, the vast majority of incidents are not serious with nipped fingers being the most common injury. That said, such can be very painful and lead to difficulty in carrying out everyday tasks for a number of weeks as well as restricting an ability to work.

Bringing your delivery and courier dog bite claim

If you have been injured by a dog while delivering to a residential or commercial address you may be entitled to compensation. Our expert and experienced solicitors are here to help with advice and information on bringing a personal injury claim.

What you can claim

Assuming that we can prove liability and insurance cover is in place we would look to claim compensation for the following:

Injury – this is known as ‘general damages’ and refers to payment in relation to the pain and suffering you sustain as a result of the bite. It can further cover mental trauma and shock if appropriate.

  • Financial losses – this is known as ‘special damages’ and covers such aspects as:
  • Lost income resulting from time away from work for recovery or treatment
  • The cost of any treatment, this can include physiotherapy, counseling, and plastic/reconstructive surgery if required
  • Incidental expenses such as prescriptions/over the counter medication, taxi and travel fees etc.

To see how we can help you claim the compensation that you deserve:

How long do I have to make my claim?

You have three years from the date of the incident to make a claim. If you were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident then the three years run from your 18th birthday. Essentially you have until your 21st birthday to issue proceedings in support of your claim.

While you may have up to three years we would recommend that you started your claim as soon as possible. Evidence can grow cold, witnesses may forget or move away. Owners of the dog may move, making it difficult to even begin your claim. To ensure the best chance of success; start your claim as soon as possible.

What will it cost to bring a claim for a courier dog bite?

We have a number of funding options available to allow you to bring your claim.

If we think that your claim has sufficient prospects of success we are happy to deal with such on a no win-no fee basis. This means that we agree to act for you on the basis that we will not charge you for the work we have done on your behalf if the claim is not successful as long as you have complied with your responsibilities under the agreement.

If your claim is successful, then we will recover the majority of your legal costs from the other side. Any shortfall between our costs and those recovered will be deducted from your compensation.

Full details in relation to funding your claim can be found here.

What should I do if I am bitten while delivering to a house?

  • If the owner of the dog/property is available then tell them what has happened.
  • If appropriate take photographs of your injury and the location where the attack took place
  • Notify your employers and have it entered into the accident book
  • Report the matter to the police; while this is not compulsory a successful police prosecution can assist with your personal injury claim.
  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Make sure that you speak to solicitors with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

Start your claim today.

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