Dogbite Mental Trauma Claim

Dogbite Mental Trauma Claim. Claim for psychiatric and psychological damage arising from a dog-bite.

When valuing a claim for mental trauma as a result of being bitten by a dog, the ranges of compensatory awards as set out in the Judicial College Guidelines can assist. The JC Guidelines contain brackets of awards based upon the severity of the psychiatric injury suffered. Which bracket your injury falls into, and whether an award will tend towards the upper end of the bracket, depends upon the level of trauma suffered.

Your compensation is determined by the injuries you sustained, how these have affected you, and the long-term prognosis.  The type of accident you have had has little bearing on the valuation.

Psychiatric and Psychological Damage.

This is a common feature of dog-bite claims. For example, a lot of victims involve delivery drivers who meet dogs on a regular basis.

The level of compensatory award will be based upon the following:

  • The injured person’s ability to cope with life, education, and work.
  • The effect upon the injured person`s relationships with family, friends, and others with who they may come into contact.
  • The extent to which treatment will be successful.
  • Future vulnerability.
  • Prognosis.
  • Whether medical help has been sought.
  • These factors will be taken into account in valuing the claim.



Moderately severe



£5,500 to £17,900

Less severe 

£1,440 to £5,500

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Expert evidence is required to show that the symptoms suffered meet the criteria established within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5). The symptoms can include nightmares, flashbacks, sleep disturbance, avoidance, mood disorders, suicidal ideation, and hyper-arousal. Hyperarousal can affect basic functions such as breathing, pulse rate, and bowel and/or bladder control.


£56,180- £94,470

Moderately Severe

£21,730 – £56,180


£7680 – £21,730

Less Severe

£3,710- £7680

We can help you.

Our specialist teams can advise you on the issues relevant to your claim.

Whilst we are based in Leeds, we offer a nationwide service.

​We are able to offer a number of funding options to suit your needs including legal aid, no win no fee and fixed fee work. Call us to discuss which funding option suits you. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss which funding options apply.

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Dogbite mental trauma claim