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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

    Claim compensation for dog bites

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    Claim compensation for dog bites


    Dog attacks and dog bites are the single most common of personal injury claims for animal attacks in the UK. Being on the wrong end of a dog’s teeth can be very traumatic.

    If you have recently been the victim of a dog attack, and you sustained injuries as a result, then you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

    Claim compensation for dog bites

    In order for you to claim compensation for dog bites successfully, you must be able to provide some evidence that the owner of the dog knew, or should have known, that the dog was potentially dangerous and liable to attack. It would be ideal if you have knowledge of the dog previously attacking someone or showing aggression in the past.

    It is very important to report dog attacks to the police as soon as you can. Not only will this provide an official record of the incident, but you will also be able to discover whether this dog has been the cause of any previous attacks.

    British law and dangerous dogs

    The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 introduced controls for certain breeds of dog which were considered to be more dangerous than others. This law was introduced following a spike in the number of attacks on humans by clearly out of control dogs. Four breeds of dog are now outlawed in the UK:

    • Pitbull Terrier;
    • Japanese Tosa;
    • Dogo Argentino; and
    • Fila Brasileiro.

    Additionally, any crossbreeds of the above are also banned under the act.

    How to claim compensation for dog attacks if the owner cannot be found

    As a victim of an attack, you have the legal right to claim for compensation, even if the dog’s owner cannot be found. The owner still had an obligation to keep the dog under control, and you should not have to suffer because he or she is missing. In these instances, you will still be able to claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for your injuries.

    The conditional fee agreement

    All of our personal injury solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so you do not have to pay anything upfront to make a claim. Also, if for any reason your claim is not successful, you won’t be responsible for your legal costs either.

    With a conditional fee agreement, there is no risk involved when you claim compensation for dog bites.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline today, and see how we can help you to claim compensation for dog bites. Just dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.

    Category: Dog attack injury claims

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