Dog Bite Compensation

Have you been bitten by a dog and suffered severe injuries? Our dog bite claims solicitors are on-hand to help you get the compensation that you deserve.

We understand that dog bite injuries can be extremely painful and have an impact on the rest of your life. But, it’s not just the aspect of suffering with injuries that can come as a result of being bitten by a dog. It may leave you with a debilitating fear of animals and have serious consequences on your day-to-day life.

Our team of expert legal professionals are able to provide 24/7 support when exploring your options after suffering from a dog attack, as well as fight for the dog bite compensation that you’re entitled to in order to support your recovery.

How dog bite injuries are classified

Dog Bite Compensation

Because the injuries that can be sustained after a dog attack vary significantly, it’s usually difficult to classify the types of injury. This is why you should always take photographs of your injuries, wherever possible, to allow a judge to decide how much dog bite compensation you should be awarded.

 

Generally, compensation for dog bites is awarded for any facial disfigurements, amputation, wounds, scarring or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that came as a result of the dog attack.

There are four breeds of dog that are banned in the UK under The Dangerous Dogs Act. These are breeds that are illegal to own or breed and include:

  • Dogo Argentina
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Fila Brasilerio

If you have been bitten by one of these dogs (or a cross-breed variation), you may be entitled to claim additional compensation for dog bites.

How long do I have to make a dog bite injury claim?

You usually have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim for dog bites.

Can I claim on behalf of somebody else?

Yes! If your relative or close friend has experienced a dog bite injury, you are permitted to make a claim on their behalf. This is referred to as being a ‘litigation friend’.

Establishing liability for a dog bite injury

All dog owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their pet doesn’t cause injuries to other people. This means that they should stop the dog from committing violent acts and try their best to ensure the safety of all people interacting with the animal.

Dog Bite Compensation

Dog attacks in public places

If you’ve been the victim of a dog attack in a public place where the animal wasn’t your own, you may be entitled to claim dog attack compensation – even if the registered keeper of the dog doesn’t have pet insurance.

Attacks from lone dogs

We’re also able to establish liability for dog bite claims when the owner of the animal isn’t known. In this situation, the skills and knowledge of our personal injury lawyers will be able to show how you can claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and successfully get compensation for dog bites.

Dog bite claims on private property

You may also be eligible to claim dog bite compensation if you sustained injuries from a dog attack on private property. However, the legislation surrounding this is complicated and can depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • If the dog was on a property where they were permitted to be
  • If the dog attack was caused through the negligence of somebody else, i.e. the owner of the animal

If you’ve experienced a dog attack on private property, we’re confident that our team of dog bite compensation experts will be able to provide you with an accurate prediction of you making a successful claim.

How much compensation for dog bites can you get?

When you’ve experienced a dog attack in a public place, there are several things that you can claim for when asking for compensation. This is usually paid by the dog owner’s pet insurance and can cover two main types of payout:

  • General damages: Including compensation for the pain, suffering, time and any rehabilitation needed to recover from the dog bite injury.
  • Special damages: Expenses, including loss of earnings, travel expenses and any adaptations required to make your home more habitable when living with your injury.

How to make a no-win, no-fee dog attack compensation claim

Dog Bite Compensation

In order to make a successful dog attack compensation claim, you must have experienced the injury within the past three years. However, this period can be extended for those under the age of 18 who have three years from their birthday to make a claim.

Here at 1Solicitors, we have a no-win, no-fee agreement on all of our dog bite claims. Not only does this mean that the likelihood of experiencing a successful case is explained from the outset, but you’re also fully informed about your fees when proceeding with claiming for dog attack compensation.

We don’t believe that you should suffer long-term effects of a dog attack. Let us help you to get the compensation you deserve.

To book your initial appointment today with one of our legal professionals, contact us online today or call us on 0330 053 7117.

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