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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 a dog bite


    People who are planning on getting a dog should be aware of their responsibilities as a dog owner before making the decision. This means that you should consider their welfare and whether you will have the time to put in the amount of effort required to train your dog and to keep it active and healthy. Many people are attracted to the idea of keeping a pet but are unaware of the amount of work that is required.

    This may mean that the dog suffers ill health or is not trained properly and could put members of the public at risk. There are also irresponsible people who keep dog breeds which are illegal due to their aggressive nature or their inability to integrate into certain environments. Keeping these dogs also puts members of the public at risk as well as you and your family.

    Some people do not put their dog on a lead or allow them to roam freely in the garden without supervision. This could be risky, particularly if a visitor comes calling or your dog runs away when out walking. Dogs may attack if they are afraid or are not trained properly therefore someone could easily be injured if you are irresponsible when keeping a dog.

    If you are the victim of someone who has allowed their dog to become aggressive or has failed to supervise their animal, you could be entitled to compensation. Claiming compensation for a dog bite will go more smoothly with the right representation.

    When you could make a claim

    You may suffer a dog bite if you regularly come into contact with them. For example, if you deliver mail you may be more likely to come across aggressive dogs. However, if you suffer a dog bite while out walking, while at a friend’s house or while passing a dog which has been untrained, you may still be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you are thinking of claiming compensation for a dog bite, contact Accident Advice Helpline to get assistance.

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    Do not suffer in silence; by making a claim you could be protecting another victim from going through the same.

    Date Published: November 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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