Dog bite claims can be made in most instances of unprovoked dog attacks. Whether you were walking in the park, on the beach or out shopping in your local town, if you were attacked by a dog you should look into making a claim.
Under what circumstances can dog bite claims be made?
Personal injury claims can encompass a wide range of injuries. From road traffic accidents to asbestos-related illness and industrial deafness to slips, trips and falls – if your accident fulfils certain eligibility checks, then you should be entitled to pursue compensation.
If your accident satisfies the following criteria, you should look into making a claim:
- It happened with the past three years
- Resulted in the need for medical attention
- Occurred due to someone else’s negligence
As with any personal injury, a dog bite may leave you feeling very shaken, in need of urgent medical treatment such as stitches and tests for diseases, or unable to work. In coming to an agreement about your compensation entitlement, the following areas will be taken into consideration:
- Which body part was affected? This can have a bearing on the impact of the accident on daily life.
- How severe are your injuries? The greater the harm to you, the longer your recovery time will likely be. Injuries may even be permanent.
- Has the accident had a monetary impact? If you have been unable to work and have suffered a loss in earnings, or if you have had to pay out for medical treatment, this will all be taken into account.
- What are the long-term impacts? For how long will you be affected by your injuries?
Dog bite claims are a niche area of personal injury law, and will have certain considerations specific to this accident type. As well as the above, your dog bite claims case will also consider the circumstances under which the attack occurred. These considerations may include:
- What breed is the dog? Some breeds are illegal due to their vicious nature.
- Did the dog owner act negligently towards the dog? For example, its actions may have been caused by mistreatment or hunger.
- Does the dog have a history of attacks and is it likely to attack again?
Preventative measures may be deemed appropriate following your accident. For example, if the owner has been mistreating the dog, it will likely be taken out of the owner’s care and a ban on dog ownership will be imposed. This will help ensure that others do not go through a similar traumatic accident.
How do you make dog bite claims?
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have a highly trained team of advisors who are understanding of the difficult experience you have been through. We will guide you through every step of the claims process, ensuring it required minimum fuss and effort from you. All claims are on a no-win, no-fee basis. Get in touch with us today and we will provide our professional, honest advice.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 27th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry