There are strict laws governing dogs in this country. Certain dangerous breeds are banned, while others must be muzzled and kept on a lead when taken out for walks. Any dog that bites a person is very likely to be ordered to be put down. Despite all these precautions we still hear about people being attacked by a dog in the street. If this happens to you it is likely you will want to know if you are able to make a claim.
If you are attacked by a dog in the street you have the right to make a claim for compensation. It is always best to seek expert advice in these situations and our solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline are well experienced in dealing with dog attack claims.
If you have suffered injury following a dog attack it is essential that you seek medical assistance as soon as possible, even if it appears you have only been slightly injured. It could be that you need specialist treatment, which might include an anti-tetanus injection.
Your doctor’s report will form an important part of your compensation claim. If your injuries from the dog attack are serious enough you may have to take time off work, leading to loss of earnings. Any such losses, along with other costs, such as prescription charges and travel to and from hospital, can be recouped if a successful compensation claim is made.
Following a dog attack you need to be able to provide certain information, including the name and address of the animal’s owner. It is also worth checking if the owner has pet insurance or even home insurance, as this will help determine whether any compensation is recoverable from him or her.
To back up your claim, the names and contact details of any witnesses to the attack should be noted. If you have suffered an attack by a dog in the street it is important that the police are informed. You should take the name and service number of the officer investigating the incident.
All of this information will be invaluable if we are to provide assistance in your claim for dog attack compensation. It will be particularly important if your version of events is contested by the dog’s owner.
We will use the information you provide to help build a case for compensation. Once this has been done the dog’s owner or the insurance company providing cover may make an offer. If this is reasonable and you decide to accept it your claim for compensation can be settled quickly, without having to go to court. However, if you feel the offer is too little and it is not increased or your claim is contested, then the matter will go before the courts.
Don’t forget that we work on a no win no fee basis, so you can start your claim without worrying about putting yourself at financial risk.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown