Serious injury lawyers in Robin Hood’s Bay and claiming for a dog bite
With an estimated 4,000 dog attacks in the UK every years, personal injury claims for dog bites are becoming more common. The biggest problem with them is, as the dog cannot speak, they cannot put their side of the story, or tell why they bit someone.
A dog bite that breaks the skin needs immediate medical attention so that infections can be prevented. A doctor at some point, should see even one where the skin has not been broken.
Dog bite injury claims are a complicated process that needs the services of serious injury lawyers in Robin Hood’s Bay. Proving that it was a malicious attack by a dog that had never bitten, or shown any aggression previously needs as much evidence as possible to give you a strong claim. The sorts of things you should do are:
- Report the bite to the police. This is a must with all dog bites, even if you are not going to make a personal injury claim. The police have specialist teams that deal with dogs, and they need to be aware of the situation. They will provide you with a crime reference number, which will be needed later if you do contact serious injury lawyers in Robin Hood’s Bay to make a claim.
- As soon as you can, take photos of the bite to show the severity of the injury.
- If possible, a photo of the dog would be useful, although you should not put yourself at further risk to do this.
- If anyone witnessed the attack, ask for their details, as their statements might be vital.
- Get the details of the owner if you can. It is the owner the claim will be made against.
The owner has to prove that they were not negligent and so not responsible for the bite, and if their dog has never showed any aggression before this incident, they cannot have expected the dog to attack. This can make dog bite claims difficult to prove.
Serious injury lawyers in Robin Hood’s Bay hopes that you did not provoke the dog
To make a successful dog bite claim, the lawyers acting on your behalf need to show that you did not provoke the dog in any way. Like with any personal injury claim, the injuries must not have been caused by your own fault. As long as they can show this, and you make your claim within three years of the attack, you stand a good chance of a successful dog bite claim.
Making a dog bit claim
As with all personal injury claims, the easiest way to make them is by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 13 years’ experience of making claims, and this has allowed us to hone the processes so they are simple, quick and efficient, giving the victim as little stress as possible.
We operate on a no win no fee basis, so you need have no worries about financing your claim.
Our website has the 30-second test which will give you an estimate of how much you might receive. Or you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, and speak to one of our friendly advisors.