Have you been wondering if you can take legal action if your child gets bitten by a dog? The vast majority of dogs are friendly and won’t attack unless provoked, especially if they have a responsible owner. However, bites do happen, and if your child has been bitten by a dog you may have been left in a state of panic.
When are dogs most likely to attack?
Dogs are apparently more likely to bite in the summer – this is possible because they have more contact with strangers during the warmer months when they are taken to busy parks and other public areas. The amount of compensation you can get if your child gets bitten by a dog will depend on various factors, such as how serious their injuries were and how much you have spent on medical treatments and hospital visits. If you have been forced to take time off work whilst your child was recovering from their injuries, this should be reflected in the level of compensation paid out.
Some dog bites are deeper than others, and serious dog bites may lead to torn skin and extensive bleeding. Most bites involve the hands, but the fact that children are smaller means there is a big chance they could be bitten on the face. If the bite is deep enough, bones could be broken, and if the injuries are severe, amputations may be required. Nerve damage can also occur if your child gets bitten by a dog.
Are owners responsible for their dogs’ behaviour?
The Animals Act 1971 states that owners are responsible for their animals, which means you could claim compensation from the owner after a dog bite. Why not contact Accident Advice Helpline today if your child has been bitten by a dog? We have a great deal of experience when it comes to pet-related claims and will work closely alongside you to gather as much evidence as we require to make your claim a success. You have nothing to lose by getting in touch and making an enquiry, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you do wish to speak to an advisor.
Claiming if your child gets bitten by a dog
We have been in the personal injury claims industry since 2000. We work on a no-win, no-fee basis. Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to learn more about what legal action you can take if your child gets bitten by a dog. Or, why not take our 30-second online test.