Dog Bite Compensation
Every year there are many compensation cases involving animal attacks. The most common type of attack is from dogs and in particular dog bites, with children and babies often being the victims. If you have been part of a similar situation you may well be able to initiate a claim to receive dog bite compensation. For a rough idea of how much compensation you could receive from your claim, take a look at our compensation calcuator.
There are certain breeds of dog that are most associated with attacking and biting humans, such as Bull Terriers and Rottweilers – but it is important to remember that any kind of dog can attack and harm a person of any age.
Making an injury claim for a dog bite
An injury from a dog bite can be psychological as well physical, and a traumatic experience such as this can affect a person in many different ways. Though any compensation claim made for a dog bite will all depend on the circumstances. For example, evidence that an owner has purposely ignored prior knowledge that their dog may attack others and has been negligent in preventing such an incident, will help your case.
Usually, if a dog has not previously shown aggression toward another person, a claim could be unsuccessful – however, if the animal has a history of attacking people then clearly this will make a compensation claim more probable.
The success of a dog bite claim will also be more likely if the animal is found to be a breed that is required to wear a muzzle at all times, while in public, as this comes under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. This is even if the dog has not previously attacked anyone before.
Making a claim such as this can be a very difficult one, as you need to make sure that you meet a certain criteria with proof of the incident. If a dog has attacked you, you will need to:
- Identify the owner of the dog, with contact details such as an address. Also, find out if they have either pet insurance or home & contents insurance – this way you can find out if they have legal cover.
- If there were any witnesses then make sure you also get their contact details.
- Take photographs of any injuries sustained as soon as possible.
- Keep receipts of any expenses you’ve had as a result of the incident, such as: medication, travelling costs to and from your GP/hospital and loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work.
- Consider informing the police and reporting the event. You may or may not be the first person to have been attacked by this dog.
There are many different levels concerning the severity of an injury made from a dog bite, for example, an injury could range from a broken skin wound to having to have a limb amputated.
There are many possible compensation claims that you can make when involved in a dog attack:
- Any personal harm that you have suffered – this includes any damages to either your body or psychological state.
- If your property has been damaged, such as your clothing etc.
- Any medication or prescription costs
- Any medical care needed, such as surgery
- Travelling expenses
- The care and assistance that may have been provided by your friends and family
- Loss of income if you have found yourself unable to work due to your injuries.
Now that you have a better understanding of the injury claims process for a dog bite, why not try and hire a personal injury solicitor to manage your claim. Our page on how to find the right solicitor for your case will be extremely useful.