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Average compensation for a dog bite
The average compensation for a dog bite varies greatly, since dog bites can range from the trivial nip that barely breaks the skin to fatal or permanently disfiguring injuries. However, if you are hurt, you should still look into getting compensation for your injury. Dog owners have a duty of care to others to ensure that their dog is kept at a safe distance if they are known to be vicious with strangers, such as having appropriate signs on their gate/door, and ensuring they are always kept on a lead when taken for a walk. A good dog owner will have public liability insurance as part of their pet insurance.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer expert advice on claiming for injuries caused by dog bites. Having discussed the circumstances of the incident and the injuries sustained, our adviser will be able to offer guidance on the average compensation for a dog bite of the nature you describe. Alternatively Accident Advice Helpline’s website has a compensation calculator which can provide a rough guide. We have put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that you have access to all the information you need to make a successful claim.
The nature of compensation for a dog bite
Typical claims arising from a dog bite might include:
- Compensation for personal injury, either physical or psychological
- Compensation for damage to property, such as clothing
- Medical treatment, including surgery
- Loss of income where the injuries resulted in an inability to work
Proving your case
Before a claim can be brought you will need to identify who owned the dog and that the owner was negligent in failing to prevent the incident. Evidence that a dog has a history of aggression would strengthen the case. Should the dog fall within the breeds covered by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, which requires certain dogs to wear muzzles in public places, the owner’s failure to comply with that legislation could also be helpful to your claim.
In order to succeed in a claim for compensation you will need to:
- Clearly identify the owner of the dog, including name, address and telephone number
- Identify any witnesses to the incident and make a careful note of their contact details
- Photograph the injuries as soon as possible after the incident
- Seek medical advice promptly
- Keep careful records of hospital visits, medical treatment, GP appointments and medication
- Keep careful records of expenses incurred, including loss of earnings, travel expenses to and from medical appointments and prescription costs
- Report the incident to the police who are empowered to act where a dog has a known history of aggression
Call Accident Advice Helpline now for advice about your potential claim. All our lawyers operate on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and our friendly team will be able to offer you guidance on the average compensation for a dog bite.
Call us directly on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.