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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How do I know my dog bite claim is valid?


    It is possible to suffer a dog bite injury regardless of where in the UK you live or what age you are, although there are some areas and age ranges that statistically at higher risk than others. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your case, and wherever you are based in the UK, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if your dog bite claim is valid.

    High risk?

    A study by the Hospital Episode Statistics journal showed that in the 10 per cent most deprived areas in 2013 there was a 24.1 per 100,000 hospital admission rate for dog bites, which compares to the rate of 8.1 per 100,000 in the least deprived 10 per cent areas.

    Children under 10 also seem to have a higher rate of injury from dog bites resulting in hospital admission, with 17 per 100,000 population for the age range 0-9 in 2011-12.

    It may be possible to make a dog bite compensation claim for any attacks that occur. Regardless of any contributory factors, such as a child’s behaviour, Accident Advice Helpline can advise you of whether your dog bite claim is valid.

    Dangerous breeds?

    Due to the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act it is illegal to breed or own certain breeds of dog. Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa and Pit Bull Terriers are all now banned in the UK.

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    It is interesting to note, however, that a study from the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science classed Dachshunds as the most aggressive breed. The study, carried out with a group of 6,000 dogs and owners found that with these sausage dogs one in five had tried to bite, or actually bitten a stranger, and one in 12 had snapped at their owners.

    Dachshunds were originally bred for hunting badgers so maybe this explains their aggressive nature. If you have been bitten by a sausage dog you may be able to make an injury compensation claim.

    What to do next

    If you have been the victim of a public dog bite injury in the last three years, then you might want to take your claim for compensation further with Accident Advice Helpline. Our law firm has been successfully helping victims of personal injury for over 15 years, and had consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen supporting us as our patron.

    First you should gather all the information you have about the incident and call one of our friendly advisers on our Freephone helpline which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most claims can be processed by telephone with no need for the claimant to go to court. Alternatively, you can visit the website and take the 30-second test to see if you qualify. Look for the Compensation Calculator.

    Our law firm also specialise in slips, trips and falls, so if you’ve unfortunately suffered a slip injury as a result of this particular accident, depending on your case, you may be eligible for slip accident compensation.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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