Dog bite injury claims are becoming more common in the UK, although this is surprising perhaps as there are some breeds of dangerous dogs which can no longer be bred in Britain, such as pit bulls.
Dog bite injury claims can be complex to deal with as dogs are not people, although equally they have minds of their own and so are not predictable 100 per cent of the time. This is the argument dog owners can use if their dog has bitten someone and they are involved in a personal injury compensation claim case.
In dog bite injury claims, the owner has to prove that he or she was not negligent, and so not responsible for the bite. An owner can argue that they are not to blame if the dog has never shown any aggression before or has never acted in such a manner before. How, under these circumstances, can any owner predict behaviour which they have never witnessed before?
Dog bite injury claims
Because the law is complicated in dog bite injury claims, you will need an expert solicitor to argue your personal injury compensation claim. It is estimated that there are approximately 4,000 dog attacks every year in the UK. If you are bitten, you should seek medical attention and contact the police. If you lodge an official complaint, they may give you a crime reference number which you should take down.
If there were witnesses, then you should have their names and contact details as well as photos of the dog and your injuries. You could also contact your local council and dog warden if the attack was in the street of a public place. If you were doing your job when you were bitten, it should be recorded in the accident book of your place of work. (You may be a plumber or postman, for example.)
You will need to file any injury claims within three years of the attack, although the sooner you file a claim after the attack, the better for you.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are thinking about pursuing injury claims, you could contact us at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice regarding any personal injury claim. You should not have been responsible in any way for your particular accident or injury. So you should not, for example, have goaded a dog into attacking you.
You can visit our website and take our 30-second test which calculates how much you might get for your injury, although this is only an estimated figure. Then you could call us at any time, on one of our helpline numbers: – 0800 689 0500 from a landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call us now for free for expert legal advice?
Date Published: 14th July 2013