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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

    What happens when pets bite?

    When you are out and about in public, slips, trips and falls aren’t uncommon, however when visiting a park or other public place, if you or your child are bitten by pets it is highly unexpected and distressing.

    According to the NHS, over 3,800 bites from dog pets alone are reported each year. Although some breeds such as Pit Bull Terriers and the Mastiff are regarded as dangerous animals, this does not mean that other dogs will not bite.

    If you are the victim of a dog bite, you may be able to claim compensation for the injury you have sustained.

    Knowing if you can claim if you have received a bite from other peoples pets

    If you are intending to claim for an injury sustained from a dog bite, it is essential that you speak with the owner and determine if the animal is insured. This may mean pet insurance, but sometimes family pets are covered on home insurance.

    It is unlikely that individuals will be able to independently afford a pay out if the animal in question is not insured. This would mean that the claim is not really worth chasing.

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    Back up the facts

    When you have established that there is insurance for you to claim against, it is important that you gather documents and evidence to strengthen your case. Be sure to collate the following:

    • Details of the pets owner
    • Details of the event
    • Photograph of the pets
    • Photograph of the injury
    • Details of any witnesses
    • Records of any medical attention required

    Eligibility to claim

    To claim personal injury compensation it is important that the incident in question occurred within the last three years. You must also be able to prove that the injury was sustained through no fault of your own.

    Take a look online at Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator. It takes just 30 seconds to complete and will help you determine if your claim is worth pursuing, with no obligation to proceed.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, have 13 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims.

    With an extensive legal team, Accident Advice Helpline works on a no-win, no-fee basis to ensure that your case is handled in the most appropriate and efficient way possible.

    In most cases, claims can be handled over the telephone with no need for claimants to attend court or become involved with the legalities of the claims process.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: December 31, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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