“Can I claim as a postman bitten by a dog?” is a question that postmen who have sustained dog bite injuries will ask their personal injury solicitors. Dog bite claims can take a huge bite out of many homeowners’ wallets each year. Similarly to any other person intending to claim compensation for dog bites, however, you can only ask for compensation if the injuries associated with a particular dog attack were severe enough for you to have sought medical attention. If you have suffered minor injuries which did not require medical treatment, then you will most likely not be awarded any compensation for your claim.
Filing your claim
Most dog attack claims are complicated, because the claimant must prove that either the owner of the dog or another party has acted negligently. Although you may consider the dog owner responsible for your injury, your claim may be less straightforward than you think. In cases where dogs have never shown signs of aggression, a claim for a dog bite may be unsuccessful. Since the dog has never acted aggressively, the owner will have had no way of knowing that it would bite someone one day. The owner, therefore, was unable to take the necessary precautions in order to prevent you from coming to harm.
Conversely, if the dog owner knew that their dog was aggressive and they failed in their duty of care to protect the people on their property, you may have a valid claim. Additionally, you may file your claim against Royal Mail. If other postmen had informed Royal Mail that there was a potentially dangerous dog on a particular property but they did not warn you, a claim may be possible against your employer’s liability insurance policy.
To ensure the validity of your claim, you need to inform your employer that you have sustained a dog bite soon after the attack. Make sure that your employer records the incident in the accident book. Report the attack to the police and ask your doctor to write a medical report detailing your injuries. It is a good idea to take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible, which can help you to demonstrate the severity of the attack.
What can you claim?
You have just found out the answer to the question “Can I claim as a postman bitten by a dog?” Now, it is time to learn what exactly you can claim. Accident Advice Helpline are one of the most reliable personal injury law firms ready to obtain compensation on your behalf for:
- Your injuries, both physical and psychological;
- Loss of income relating to your injuries;
- Treatment costs, including for physical injuries, reconstructive or plastic surgery for scarring, and therapy for psychological issues associated with the attack;
- Care and help needed during the recovery period; and
- Property damaged in the attack.
If you would like to find out how we can help you, call our freephone number 0800 689 0500 or send us an email. Since we will handle your claim on a no win no fee* basis, there are no risks involved when filing your claim with Accident Advice Helpline.