If you are attacked by a dog while on holiday in this country you may be able to claim for personal injury, because the United Kingdom has strict dog control laws. If this incident happened on holiday abroad, you may have to rely on that particular country’s dog control laws, which may differ from those here in the UK.
Whether the dog attack occurred while you were holidaying in this country or overseas, it is always advisable to seek the assistance of a solicitor who will be able to advise on any possible claim. Our solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline have experience in dealing with holiday dog attack claims.
Here in the UK, dogs should be accompanied by an owner and leashed. Certain breeds also have to be muzzled. If that law is contravened and you are attacked, a claim may be able to be made against the owner. If you have been attacked by a dog while holidaying abroad, our solicitors will be able to try to determine the law and possible liability in that country.
There may be a problem if the dog was roaming free and was not wearing a collar and tag. In those cases, if possible, all efforts should be made to try and identify the owner.
A successful claim for dog attack while on holiday will provide monetary compensation for any physical and psychological hurt caused. It will also help to recoup any expenses incurred or, in the case of serious injury, any future outlay.
If we are to be able to assist you with your holiday dog attack claim, we will need certain information. If there were any witnesses to the incident, and you were able to take their contact details, their written accounts of what happened could back up your claim.
If the police were involved following the your attack by a dog, you should also provide us with the name and service number of the investigating officer, as their notes could also prove to be very helpful if you claim is to be successful
A doctor’s report could also prove to be crucial because the extent of your injuries could determine how large any successful claim will be. Our medical experts here at Accident Advice Helpline will use your doctor’s reports when putting together the claim.
In our initial discussion with you, we will try to determine if you have grounds for making a holiday dog attack claim. After making the claim, the party held to be liable (such as the dog’s owner) may make an offer. This will save the claim going to court, providing you find the offer acceptable. If not, or if liability is denied, the claim for compensation will go before the courts.
In court, our policy is to represent our clients on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay us anything if the case is lost. If it is successful, we can usually claim our fees from the other party, meaning you receive the entire amount of compensation awarded.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown