There are more than 4,000 dog bite on humans incidents each year in the UK. This is despite the banning of a number of dangerous species in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. If you are bitten by a dog abroad, while on holiday, you should go to a doctor for a rabies shot immediately. In Britain you can wash a superficial wound under warm, running water and remove any hair, dirt and so on from your wound. If the wounded area is not bleeding you should squeeze it to make the blood flow.
If you have been badly bitten then you should go to the Accident and Emergency ward of your local hospital or your GP’s surgery for immediate treatment. You should seek medical attention for all bites even minor ones after you have cleaned them yourself, if possible.
It is useful, if you are thinking of making a personal injury compensation claim for a dog bite, for you to have photos taken of your injury and perhaps of the dog. You should also report the incident to the police and ask for a crime reference number, and you could also report the incident to the local council and the dog warden if the attack was by a seemingly stray dog.
Dog bite on humans
Dog bite on humans personal injury compensation claims will need to be filed by a specialist solicitor as these are governed by rather complex laws. Dogs commonly bite cattle and other domesticated animals, but they also attack and bite people.
Can you claim personal injury compensation for a dog bite on humans?
Yes, you can claim personal injury compensation for a dog bite if you did not goad the dog in any way and so provoke the attack. You and your solicitor will have to prove negligence on the part of the dog’s owner for the attack and the law is such that an owner can say that they were not negligent and the attack was completely out of character on the part of the dog.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been bitten by a dog and want to make a personal injury compensation claim, then you should contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm that specialises in personal injury compensation claims. Our team of expert solicitors can offer you advice about any personal injury claim you may think you have. “Dog bite on humans” is a common term in search engines and we can answer your questions.
We suggest you visit our website and take our 30-second test which will tell you how much compensation you could get for your injury. However this figure is only a rough estimate as no one can predict the precise amount you would get if your case were successful.
Then you could call us on our helpline number for expert advice about a potential claim. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline. To call from a mobile ring 0333 500 0993. Call us now – the lines are always open for your calls.
Date Published: 14th July 2013