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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming compensation for being bitten by a police dog


    Being bitten by a police dog is no laughing matter – we trust the police to catch criminals and uphold justice, but if a police dog is set on you and you are bitten, you could be seriously injured. Not only could you suffer lacerations from the bite, you could also experience bruising, infection and even lasting damage to tissue, tendons and muscles, if the bite is deep. Being bitten by a police dog could mean you are unable to return to work at your job, or you may need time off work to recover from your injuries.

    Police dogs are specially trained to detain criminals or anyone suspected of committing a crime, so they will only attack when ordered to. If you feel that you have been the victim of an attack and have been bitten, you may be able to claim compensation if it can be proven that the use of a police dog was unnecessary. For example, if you were already restrained on the ground and a dog was set on you, this could be grounds for a compensation claim. There’s a three year time limit in place to make a claim, so it’s important to act quickly.

    Claiming compensation – what happens next?

    Your claim will usually be against the responsible police force, and you may be feeling doubtful about making a claim against the police. However, there is no need to feel unsure – personal injury lawyers regularly deal with claims of this nature and have years of experience handling claims against law enforcement. They will be able to offer you advice as to whether you have a viable claim, and handle the claim on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. The first step is to choose a reputable personal injury lawyer and contact them for advice.

    Why choose Accident Advice Helpline?

    When you choose Accident Advice Helpline, you’re putting your faith in a company that won’t let you down. Our personal injury lawyers have 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry and have dealt with dozens of claims relating to injury from police dog bites. We offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee* service. So whether you need some more advice about what claiming actually entails, or are ready to push ahead and see how much compensation you could claim, pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today. We are open 24/7 and waiting to take your call.

    Date Published: November 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.