Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know that suffering a dog attack injury can leave you feeling very shaken. Not only will you have physical pain and possible disfigurement to deal with, but you may also feel unsafe in the streets and unsure if you can trust other dogs that you meet. A successful compensation claim can help you to get the support you need to get your life back to normal and put your worries behind you. We are here to help.
When can I claim?
It is against the law for a dog to be out of control in a public place, and being out of control can be defined by biting. If you visit somebody’s home with their permission and their dog bites you, this may constitute a breach of their duty of care. If they knew that the dog was aggressive and didn’t restrain it, you have grounds to make a claim. If somebody deliberately sets a dog on you, that is a criminal offence.
If you have been bitten in circumstances like these during the past three years, and you did not provoke the dog first, you may be able to successfully claim compensation. You will need to have been treated by a doctor for your injuries. It will help if there are witnesses to the incident, but this is not essential. If somebody did witness the attack and you know how to contact them, you should give their details to your solicitor.
What happens to the dog if I claim?
There is no simple legal requirement for dogs that attack people to be put down. How the dog is treated will depend on how likely it is to attack someone else in future. There may be mitigating factors that excuse the dog without clearing the owner of responsibility, for instance if it was in pain at the time of the attack. If the owner is seen to be at fault but the dog is not, and if the owner is not expected to be more responsible in future, it is possible that the dog will be taken away from the owner.
How do I begin a claim?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our phone lines are open 24/7. Call us whenever you are ready and we will discuss your case with you. If we think that you have a legitimate claim and you want to take it forward, we will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor.
We aim to keep our service as simple as possible so that anyone can use it, even if they lead a busy life or are finding it hard to cope because of the stress of an accident. What’s more is that we operate on a no win no fee basis, giving everybody access to justice. Our dog attack injury advice is free of charge even if you choose not to make a claim with us.
If your claim is successful, you will receive compensation for your injury. If necessary, you may also be able to get money for counselling to help you recover your confidence around dogs. After all, most of them really do just want to be friends.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on making your claim.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown