Police dog bite claims

Police dog bite claims. Police dogs provide a vital service and are of great assistance in the detection and apprehension of criminals. This does not mean that they are not subject to the same rules and laws that govern all dogs in this country.

The main laws that relate to police dog attacks are:

  • Police dogs must always be under the control of the handling officer ever when off the lead
  • The police cannot use the dog as a weapon to assault an individual
  • The use of the animal must be within the boundaries of the 1971 Animals Act

In addition, the use of police dogs is governed by the NPCC Police Dogs Manual of Guidance

Bringing a police dog bite claim

Police dog bite claims are not straightforward; this is particularly true if, when bitten, you were engaged in criminal activity.  This does not mean you do not have a claim but you will need to show that the police were negligent in allowing the attack to happen.

It is not unknown for an innocent bystander to sustain an injury as a result of an attack by a police dog. It is easier to show negligence when an innocent bystander is attacked. Police dogs are trained to pursue and apprehend suspects. An attack on an innocent party is not what they were trained to do. A claim of this type has a better chance of success than that of a fleeing suspect.

What can you claim for a police dog bite?

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, counselling, 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:

What will it cost to bring my police dog bite claim?

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

If we think that your claim has more than a 51% chance 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, as long as you abide by our terms and conditions, we will not charge you for the work we have done on your behalf if the claim is not successful.

If your claim is successful we would look to retain 25% plus the vat on that figure to cover our costs.

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

Start your claim today.

For a review and assessment of your dog bite claim get in touch with us today:

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