Who is at fault if you are bitten by someone else’s dog in park, on the street or anywhere else, for that matter, depends a great deal on the circumstances surrounding your dog bite injury.
Dog owners are by law required to keep their dogs under control and prevent others being bitten. There are, however, times when even the most well-behaved dog that is normally kept well under control may turn and cause an injury by biting without the owner being considered to be at fault.
When being bitten by someone else’s dog may be your own fault
If, for example, you provoke a dog into biting you by poking, hitting or otherwise harassing it, the fact that you were bitten by someone else’s dog would be entirely your own fault.
Dog owner at fault
On the other hand, if you were bitten by someone else’s dog for no apparent reason, the dog’s owner would be at fault and could be held liable for your personal injury.
What liability means
Being held liable for an injury by a dog, slips, trips or falls or other accidental injuries basically means that the person responsible for the incident causing these injuries may have to pay the injured party compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses they have incurred as the result of such injuries.
What this means to you
In a nutshell, if you were bitten by a dog through no fault of your own, or were injured by a slip, trip or fall that could and should have been prevented, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the person or group of people responsible for your accident.
Accident Advice Helpline
As a law firm specialising in securing personal injury compensation for people injured in no-fault accidents, accidents caused by someone other than themselves, we, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you get the compensation your injury entitles you to.
Our in-house lawyers operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis and will support you all the way from start to finish of your claim.
Our advisors will assist you in establishing your claim eligibility, answer any claim-related questions you may have and, if you are eligible and decide to go ahead with a public liability claim, can arrange for one of our expert solicitors to be assigned to your case.
Give them a call on our 24/7 freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or, if calling from your mobile, 0333 500 0993 to get started.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice