The first priority after being bitten by a dog is to get the wound seen to by medical professionals, even if the bite appears to be minor, as there is always a risk of infection.
You may also need to have a tetanus injection and, if you were bitten by a dog abroad, you may need to be tested and treated for rabies.
Bitten by a dog you know
What happens next depends on whether you were bitten by your own dog or by someone else’s dog. If you were bitten by your own dog, you need to determine whether the bite was an unfortunate accident or something your dog did deliberately.
If the bite was deliberate, you may need to consider what made him bite you and whether he may require behavioural training to stop him doing this again in the future.
Bitten by a dog you do not know
Dog owners are responsible for their dogs and must ensure they do not harm others, just like home owners are required to ensure no-one is injured by slips, trips and falls or other accidents in their homes.
If you were bitten by someone else’s dog without warning or provocation, you could therefore be entitled to compensation, just like you would if you were injured by slipping, tripping or falling on someone else’s premises.
Supporting evidence when you are bitten by a dog
If you wish to pursue a compensation claim, you will need to gather some supporting evidence. This means you should get the owner’s contact details and as much information about the dog as you can get.
If there were witnesses, you should ask them to provide you with their contact details. It is also a good idea to take a photograph of your personal injury.
Your medical records documenting the severity of the dog bite, and any treatment you subsequently required, will also be needed. This is another reason why seeking medical assistance is of importance.
What to do next
Next, you should call us, Accident Advice Helpline, to get advice on making public liability claims. Once your eligibility to claim has been confirmed, ask for one of our experienced, friendly no-win, no-fee* solicitors to be assigned to your case.
The freephone number you should call from your landline is 0800 689 0500. From your mobile, dial 0333 500 0993. Both of these no-obligation lines are open 24/7 and any personal details you provide will be kept confidential.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice