Personal Injury Lawyers - Road Traffic Accidents

Compensation for dog bites

What should you do if you are a victim of a dog attack?

  1. Report the incident to the Police;
  2. Take a photo of the dog;
  3. Take a photo of your injuries and damage to clothing or personal items;
  4. Keep a record of any expenses you have incurred; and
  5. If possible get the contact details of the owner and find out if the have pet or home insurance.

Making a claim for an injury caused by a dog

If you are a victim of a dog attack you may be able to make a compensation claim if the attack resulted in an injury in the last 3 years.

Please note that in some circumstances some claims can be made after the 3 year period and a minor has 18 months to make a claim after their 18th birthday. If the claim is being dealt with under CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme) the time limit for claimants is 2 years.

It is also helpful to know:

  1. The contact details of the dog owner (name, address, telephone number);
  2. If the owner has pet or home insurance;
  3. The Police reference number.

To help with the compensation claim there are key pieces of information that will help prove the liability:

  1. Is there evidence that the owner of the dog had knowledge or should have known that the dog was dangerous?
  2. Has the dog attacked (or been aggressive to) someone before and is this known to the Police?

If the owner does not have any pet or home insurance you can still make a claim for your injuries through CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority).

If your injury was caused by an animal that does not belong to a dangerous species, The Animals Act 1971 .... that the owner is liable if he knew that:

1. The injury was a .... which the animal, unless restrained, was likely to cause, ....., if caused was likely to be severe; and

2. The likelihood of the injury was due to the animal’s particular charecteristics, not normally found in animals of that species.

The Law

If your injury was caused by an animal that does not belong to a dangerous species, The Animals Act 1971 provides that the owner is liable if he knew that:

  1. The injury was a kind which the animal, unless restrained, was likely to cause, or which, if caused was likely to be severe; and
  2. The likelihood of the injury was due to the animal’s particular characteristics, not normally found in animals of that species.

Do you need help with a potential dog attack claim?

Contact us on 01733 882800 or email: info@hcsolicitors.co.uk for:

  • A FREE initial consultation of your personal injury claim and your needs;
  • No Win No Fee basis, no risk to you;
  • We are specialist personal injury lawyers;
  • You will have a dedicated lawyer to look after your claim;
  • We win 96.9% of all our claims; and
  • We get the right care, support & compensation for you.

To find out if you can make a successful compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis for an injury you have suffered, book your FREE initial claim consultation with our Personal Injury Team on:

01733 882800

info@hcsolicitors.co.uk

 

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