Dog Bite Claims
Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatic experience. You may have suffered a lasting injury and it may also leave you feeling anxious around dogs as a result.
You may be able to claim compensation for your injury for a dog bite incident that is not your fault.
We have experience in bringing successful claims for dog bite injuries and are very familiar with the many different scenarios in which an attack can take place or be triggered.
Incidents can happen in the course of your work or in leisure time. Indeed, with many of us enjoying outdoor activities including walking and running, incidents with dogs are sadly not uncommon.
Successful claims are not just limited to incidents involving breeds specified under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Any dog can be a dangerous dog if it displays a pattern of dangerous behaviour.
Making a Claim
As with any personal injury claims, it is important that we have the right information at the start.
· Police report - If this has happened to you, it is important to consider reporting the incident to the police and we certainly recommend that you do so. This provides a record of the incident and can reveal important background in connection with that animal.
· When/Where – Keep a record of the incident date, time and place. Remember that any personal injury claim can only be actioned within 3 years of the incident.
· The dog and owner – Safely, obtain as much detail as you can about the owner and the dog including their address. Claims are often centered on preventative action taken by the owner, or lack of it. For example, failing to control the animal on a lead or failing to use a muzzle.
· Insurance - Most dog owners today have insurance which is a key aspect to bringing a claim. This information may be provided to you direct, by the police or we can ask for it.
· Medical treatment – if you have suffered a flesh wound and the skin has been broken, you must seek medical advice as per NHS guidance. Take photographs of the wound.
· Witnesses – Obtain names and addresses of any witnesses to the incident.
Discuss your Claim with us – call us on 0800 652 8411
If this has happened to you, do get in touch. We understand the distress and anxiety caused and we have the experience to help you seek compensation. As well as calling, you can contact us via our online personal injury claim form.
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