Dog Bite Compensation Claim

Dog bite compensation claim. With approximately one in four households in the UK owning a dog, there are a lot of dogs in the UK.

We can assist with dog bite claims in relation to attacks:

​Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that they control their dog, and prevent it causing harm or injury to other people. There are, however, occasions when unfortunately this does not happen, and injury results.

We specialise in recovering damages for injuries caused due to the negligence of a dog owner or person in charge of the dog.

If you have suffered as a result of being been bitten or attacked by a dog, our experts may be able to help you recover compensation.  We have a variety of funding options including a no win no fee basis so that if your claim is not successful then, as long as you have kept to your responsibilities under the conditional fee agreement, you won’t have to pay for the work we did on your behalf.

Get the expert advice you need

Bringing claims for injuries caused by dogs is a complex area of law,  which is why it is important to seek specialist legal advice from the outset.

We have a proven track record in successfully pursuing these types of claims and we will look to claim compensation for your injuries and losses arising from the incident.

Heads of claim include:

  • Compensation for your injuries, both mental and physical. This includes any scarring that may result from the attack
  • Treatment costs in relation to physical and/or mental injury
  • Lost earnings due to time off work due to the incident
  • Care/assistance provided by professionals and/or family and friends due to your injuries
  • Clothing and/or other property damaged in the incident
  • Any other losses resulting from the incident

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Advice on bringing a dog bite claim

It may be that you are bitten while in the course of your employment such as a delivery driver or postman. You may be bitten while out walking your dog or simply while out walking on your own.

The circumstances of your accident will have an impact on how your claim is dealt with:

  • Working animals

If you sustained an injury through a dog bite whilst visiting commercial premises where the dog is kept for security or other purposes (such as a working dog on a farm, then the claim would be brought against the owners of the premises. It is likely that they would have appropriate insurance to cover such incidents. This is known as public liability insurance.

If you were bitten while at work by a dog that was owned by your employers for the purposes of their business, then your claim will be brought under their employer’s liability policy.

  • Pet dogs

The vast majority of incidents involve pet dogs and as such we would check whether the owner of the dog had appropriate third-party pet insurance or household insurance cover which covered such incidents.

Neither house no pet insurance is compulsory and if no insurance is in place then it can be more difficult to pursue a claim, unless the owner has the financial means to meet a claim.

  • Police dogs

Claims against the police for injuries suffered from police dog bites can be very difficult to deal with. Unless you are a completely innocent bystander then there is a strong chance that liability will be denied. You will need to show that, despite being involved in criminal activity the amount of force used by the dogs, under police orders, was excessive or that the attending officer failed to control the animal so as to prevent your harm.

How to bring a successful dog bite compensation claim

To maximise your chances of a successful personal injury claim we would suggest the following.

  • Notify the owner of the dog and of the property as soon as you are able to do so. It is unlikely they will admit fault at that stage but you should bring it to their attention that you have been bitten.
  • If you are bitten during the course of your employment you should report it to your employers immediately and asked them to note it in the accident book.
  • Take a photograph of your injuries before the wound is dressed to give an indication as to the extent of the injury sustained.
  • Seek medical assistance. If your injuries are severe you should go straight to your local A&E department.  In any event, you should always seek medical advice in case you require tetanus or antibiotics.
  • Make a note of the address and any witnesses to the incident.

If you intend to bring a claim of your personal injuries then ensure that you are represented by solicitors with the knowledge and experience to not only prove your claim but to ensure that you get the maximum level of compensation.

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