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Dog Bite Claims

How to claim compensation for a dog bite

Dogs are the most reliable friend of human beings however sometimes dogs can go unpredictable and can cause serious injuries. A dog bite can cause permanent scars on the skin and can damage nerves, muscles, and bones. A serious dog bite can even cause amputation of limbs if the infection is left untreated.

A legal expert can help you file a compensation claim for a dog bite even if:

You can claim compensation to cover the physical pain, psychological impact as well as the financial loss that the dog attack has had on your life.

Consult a trained legal adviser on for free and know if you can file a successful claim.

Things to do after a dog bite or dog attack

  1. Get the bite checked out by a medical professional.
  2. Report it to the police and the local authority dog warden.
  3. Note the dog owner’s details (name and address)
  4. The name and breed of the dog
  5. Details of their vet
  6. photos or videos of your injury
  7. Keep the unwashed clothing you were wearing at the time of the dog attack
  8. Have attack’s written account
  9. Details of any witnesses
  10. A formal medical record from the doctor treating you and a hospital record if you had hospital treatment

When dog attack injuries can happen

Dog bites and other dog-related injuries can happen in a public place, private property, or at the workplace. It can happen at the local park or playground, at a neighbor’s house, or on the street. Sometimes dogs can even enter your private property and cause someone injuries. Wherever the dog attack happened, if you are not at fault, then you should be able to file for dog bite compensation.

Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was passed to keep the most harmful and aggressive  breeds of dog that are currently banned in the UK:

The Dangerous Dogs Act makes it mandatory for dog owners to keep their dogs in control always.

If you find a dog potentially harmful, you can report the owner to the dog warden at your local council.

Guard dog bites

Guard Dogs Act 1975 defines a guard dog as a dog used to protect any property or protect a person. If a guard dog causes you injury and it wasn’t your fault, then the dog owner may be liable to pay dog injury compensation to you.

In case you fail to ignore warning signs and it’s your own fault, then you will not be able to make a successful compensation claim.

Stray dog bites

Stray dog bites can be more dangerous than your actual injuries as they can cause rabies or tetanus. Moreover, you are unsure against who to file a claim as stray dogs don’t have owners. In such cases, you can file a dog injury compensation claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Local authorities can also behold accountable for stray dog menace.

Responsibilities of Dog owners

All dog owners are required by law(Dangerous Dogs Act) to keep their dogs under control at all times. Appropriate precautions should be taken such as:

What to do if a dog bites or attacks your child

In case a dog bites your child, ensure medical treatment as soon as possible. Their medical records should also be checked to ensure their timely tetanus vaccinations.

You can make a compensation claim on behalf of your child as well. In such cases, the dog owner should take more care when children are around the dog. Try to get in touch with an expert solicitor as soon as possible as your child will be able to furnish details with fresh memories of the attack.

Dog bite claim with us: No win No fee

You should consult a legal adviser as they can tell whether you can file a dog injury claim successfully or not. We offer a No Win No fee agreement to our potential clients. This means we never need to pay our fees personally. We take fees only if you win and from the compensation amount that you will receive.

How compensations help you

Dog bite Compensation can help you make up for physical, psychological, and financial stress in many ways like:

Dog bite compensation claims amount

The amount of compensation for a dog bite or dog-related injury depends on how serious the injury is and how it affected your daily life. It might be difficult to estimate the effects in the beginning. According to current injury compensation guidelines:

How long you have to make a claim

A dog bite or dog injury compensation claim should be filed within three years from the date of the incident. Therefore, you should make your compensation claim at the earliest. For a child injury claim, you can make a claim until they reach 18 years. Else, they can make a claim between the ages of 18-21(again three years limit after they attain adulthood)  

In case you are claiming on behalf of a mentally incapable person, the three-year period starts only after they have regained their mental capacity.

The time limit is usually two years for the dog bite compensation claims through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Call us on to make your dog bite compensation and take free expert legal advice.