Most people imagine that only dogs classified as dangerous by the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 are a problem. They often think they are the only dogs that will bite. It may seem hard to believe, but even our friendly family pets can turn at times, especially when there are children involved.
Why do some dogs bite?
It can be very difficult for us to understand how a friendly pet could ever turn against one of the family, but that is perhaps because we treat our pets like they really are part of the family. We forget sometimes that they are animals, and don’t have the same morality or rationality that we do. Children are more likely to be bitten firstly because they are small and secondly because they may handle the animal in a way that is irritating or confusing to it.
You could also possibly be bitten by a dog that you do not know. Owners have a duty to try and stop their dogs from behaving in this way, and as long as you have not provoked the animal, you need to know your compensation rights when bitten by a dog.
Your compensation rights when bitten by a dog
Everyone has a responsibility for their own animals. It’s extremely rare that a dog would turn on any human being without ever having displayed violent tendencies before.
If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence for their pain, suffering, and for the financial losses incurred by the injury. If someone has allowed their dangerous dog to bite you, it is likely that this would be considered gross negligence.
Claiming compensation with Accident Advice Helpline
To find out more about your compensation rights when bitten by a dog, or to make a claim on a no-win, no-fee basis, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you are using a landline. If you are using a mobile you can either call us on 0333 500 0993 or text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and we will call you.. We will be able to discuss your individual situation with you in detail and will let you know how much compensation you could potentially receive based on the severity of your injuries.
Chatting to our friendly advisors will not put you under any obligation to make a claim, so why not give us a call today?
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown