Dog Bite Claims
We can help you claim if you’ve been bitten by a dog
Dogs are some of the most beloved family pets – but any breed of dog can be unpredictable and can cause serious injuries if they lash out.
A dog bite can cause permanent scarring and damage to the underlying tissues such as nerves, muscle and bone. In the most extreme cases, a serious dog bite can cause an infection which, if left untreated, may even lead to amputation.
We can help you to make a compensation claim for a dog bite even if:
— the owner doesn’t have pet insurance
— you don’t know who the owner is
— it was a loved one who was injured in the dog attack
Any type of injury can be traumatic, and dog attacks are no different. You could claim compensation to cover the effects of your physical pain and suffering, as well as the psychological impacts. You can talk to us on 0800 234 6438 for free – we’ll be able to tell you then and there whether we think you may be able to make a claim.
Bites from stray dogs
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a stray dog, then we know this can be especially shocking – you might be worried that the dog is carrying a disease such as rabies or tetanus.
You might also be feeling unsure whether you can claim because the dog doesn’t have an owner. Even if the owner of the dog can’t be found, you may be able to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
As the dog was someone’s responsibility at one time, that makes them liable for that animal. Quite simply, this means dog attacks are classed as criminal injuries, whether the owner can be identified or not.
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
In contrast to popular opinion, any breed of dog, large or small, can give a nasty bite if they feel threatened enough – but the law sees some types as being more dangerous than others.
The Dangerous Dogs Act exists to make sure that the most harmful breeds of dog are kept out of the hands of people who might breed or train them to be aggressive. Currently, this includes:
- Pit Bull Terriers
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Filo Brasileiro
The Dangerous Dogs Act also makes it illegal for dog owners to allow any dog to be out of control. This means temperamental dogs should be kept on leads and muzzled when they’re in public spaces. Dog owners might also need to take training classes if their dog has been marked as potentially dangerous.
If there’s a dog in your area that you think might cause harm to someone, you can speak to the dog warden at your local council to report the owner. They’ll visit the owner and decide whether that dog could be harmful or not.
What to do if you’ve been bitten by a dog
It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. What can appear as a small scrape on the skin’s surface might lead to an infection, so it’s best to get the bite checked out as soon as you can.
If possible, it’s also worth making a note of the owner’s details, such as their name and address. If you do choose to claim, this makes it easier for your solicitor to know who’s responsible.
Why make a compensation claim?
The saying goes that there’s no such thing as a bad dog, only bad owners. Whether you agree with this or not, it’s still unfair for you to be left with the injuries from a dog bite, and the emotional trauma that can occur after the attack.
We can help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet. While compensation won’t take away the pain and suffering that you’ve been through, it can:
- Pay for medical treatment you’ve needed as a result of your injury
- Cover lost earnings from time off work
- Cover costs such as travel to medical appointments and adaptations to your home
Your compensation can also help to make up for the psychological impacts of the attack, and the effects your injury has had on your social life, family and hobbies.
We can talk you through the claims process, and what your next steps might be if you do choose to make a claim – but we’ll never push you into going ahead. You can call us on 0800 234 6438 or fill in one of our contact forms and we’ll call you back.