Dogs may be known colloquially as ‘man’s best friend’, but sometimes that friend bites back and when it does and the animal in question doesn’t belong to you, you might be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against its negligent owner.
It is generally true (to an extent) that there is no such thing as a ‘bad dog’, just a ‘bad owner’ but unfortunately we have no control over who does and who does not own a dog. Dog attacks can be incredibly serious, life changing and even fatal, especially in this country where owners have been known to illegally breed and train violent breeds such as pit-bulls for dog fights.
Such dogs are also seen as a status symbol in some circles and these are dogs that are not trained to be affectionate or obedient. Any dog is potentially capable of a dangerous attack though. Even reasonably docile breeds such as labradors and terriers have been known to be involved in attacks if they haven’t been properly trained by their owners.
If you have been bitten by a dangerous dog it is absolutely imperative that you take action immediately and wash the wound to prevent any possible infection.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible as even if a bite might not seem serious, dogs’ mouths tend to end up in some pretty unsavoury places so the risk of infection is incredibly high when compared to most other accident-based injuries.
If you’re abroad there’s a slight chance the dog that bit you might have rabies so when abroad don’t even think twice about it, seek medical aid as soon as humanly possible.
Can I claim personal injury compensation if I have been bitten?
Dogs are not sentient beings and are therefore not legally responsible for themselves, their owners however, very much are. If a dog has bitten you and caused you serious injury as a result, you are well within your rights to file a personal injury compensation claim against the dog’s owner.
Before you file your claim, make sure to report the bite to the local authorities as you don’t want to be the first in a long line of victims, you want to be the last. If the dog has bitten once, chances are it will bite again.
Once you are sorted and the dust has settled though, call our 24 hour hotline and you’ll be put through to an advisor who will be able to start processing your case.
Date Published: October 20, 2013
Author: David Brown