Accidents In Public Places Claims

Dog Bite Claims

Being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying experience and can leave you with a severe physical injury and emotional trauma. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in helping people make dog bite claims, ensuring you have access to the support and rehabilitation you need to cope with your injuries.

Dog owners and handlers have a responsibility to prevent their dog from acting dangerously and should stop them causing harm to other people. If you have been bitten by a dog in a public place, you might be entitled to compensation.

Our specialist dog bite solicitors could help you make a claim, gathering all the evidence you need to ensure that your case has the best chance of being successful. By making a dog bite compensation claim, you could secure funds to help with the rehabilitation and emotional support you need for your injuries.

We’ve helped many people to claim compensation following dog attacks, including when:

  • The dog owner doesn’t have pet insurance
  • You don’t know who the dog owner is
  • You want to make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has been injured in a dog attack

We could accept your claim on a No Win No Fee basis* which means that you don’t have to pay any legal fees even if your claim is unsuccessful. We can also offer you a free initial consultation where we can discuss your claim and how we could help.

For more information about dog bite compensation claims, contact our team today.

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    • What Should I Do If I've Been Bitten?
    • If you’re bitten by a dog, you should contact the police as soon as possible to report the incident. You should also seek medical help, keeping any receipts for prescriptions, travel costs to medical appointments or for any private care you might have.

      We also advise you to take photos of your injury immediately after the incident and also document any scarring that follows. These photos can be used as evidence to back up your claim.

      You should also try to get the name and address of the dog’s owner as they have a duty of care to keep their dog under control. Further to this, you should collect the details of any witnesses who saw the incident as their statements can be used as evidence.

      Most dogs are insured, so if you are successful in your claim, any compensation will be paid for by the dog owner’s pet insurer.

      If you can, try to find out if the dog that attacked you has a history of violence or aggression. If this is the case, we urge you to contact your local dog warden who can assess the situation.

      To make a dog bite claim, all you have to do is contact our lawyers who will provide you with a free initial consultation to talk about what happened and if you may be eligible for compensation. We advise you to get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can start looking into your case.

    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • When you contact us, you’ll speak to one of our friendly team members, who will talk to you about your injury. This initial consultation is free and from there, we’ll advise you on the best way to take your claim forward.

      Contacting Those Responsible For Your Injuries

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for what happened. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure some of your compensation up-front, which can fund private medical care and expenses while your claim is ongoing. These payments, known as interim payments, will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Gathering Evidence

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from various sources such as witnesses, CCTV and independent medical professionals.

      We’ll employ medical professionals to find out how your injuries impacted your health and recommend the care you’ll need in the future in order to make the best recovery possible.

      Final Settlement & Compensation Awarded

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim needs to be decided at court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Every personal injury case is different, so there’s no set amount of compensation you’ll receive. The amount of compensation you’ll get will depend on your circumstances, the severity of your injuries and the long term impact.

      To work out how much compensation you’re entitled to, we’ll take into account factors such as:

      • Expenses – including travel expenses to medical appointments, medical equipment and things that help with practical day-to-day living.
      • Loss of earnings – to cover any time you’ve had off work and time off you may need in the future. This figure can also cover matters such as not returning to the same role or not being able to return to work.
      • Pain and suffering – caused by your injury or illness.
      • Rehabilitation – to help provide the necessary rehabilitation for your recovery and well-being.
      • Adaptations – we can help you adapt your home and vehicle after an injury to help with living independently. Find out more about the kind of changes that can be made to a property.
      • Care – to provide for any care and support you may need.

      If you’d like to make a compensation claim, contact us to set up a free initial consultation on 0800 056 4110.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have to make a personal injury claim within three years of the incident so you should contact us as soon as possible. By getting in touch with us shortly after your accident, it can make collecting evidence a little easier as it can be easier to find witnesses whose statements can support your case.

      There are some exceptions to the three year time limit, including:

      • Claims on behalf of children – these can be made at any point before their 18th birthday. When the child reaches 18, they can make their own claim at any stage up until they turn 21.
      • Mental capacity – there are no time limits to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to handle their own case.
      • Fatal claims – to make a claim on behalf of your loved one, you’ll have three years from the date they died to make a claim. If a post-mortem found that the death was caused by an accident or illness, you have three years from the point where you discovered these findings.

      If you would like to make a personal injury claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can start work on your case. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be better options to fund your claim. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet The Team
    • As one of the largest personal injury teams in the UK, with years of experience in dog bite claims, you can rely on us to help you make a compensation claim. We will ensure that you receive the medical and emotional support you need, while also helping you get compensation to pay for expenses such as trips to medical appointments. We have secured our clients more than £1 billion in compensation over the last two years.

      Our lawyers are highly ranked in leading legal guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In 2015, the Legal 500 described us as a “leading player” and Chambers & Partners (2016) said: “They are excellent, very knowledgeable and considerate to their clients.”

      We’re also proud to have won the Claimant Solicitor of the Year prize at the Rehabilitation First Awards on seven different occasions. This award recognises our key focus on rehabilitation, making sure that our clients can access the care and support they need.

      View our dog bite claims experts.

When the case was finally settled, the relief was enormous. I felt as if I had done everything I could to try and stop it happening to anyone else.”

Karen O'Brien, client
Karen, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Dangerous Dogs Act?

According to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, if a dog is dangerously out of control in public place then the owner or the person looking after the dog is guilty of an offence. This also applies if the dog injures anyone.

The Act also specifies that the following breeds are seen as being dangerous dogs:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasilerio

People who own these breeds have to keep their dogs muzzled and on a lead in public. They must also be registered and insured, neutered, tattooed and micro-chipped. Any sales, breeding or exchange of these dog breeds has been banned.

If you’ve been attacked by a dog, it’s essential that you report the incident to the police, as its owner has committed a criminal offence. When dogs are deemed to be dangerously out of control, the owner can receive an unlimited fine, can be sent to prison for up to six months, or both. In the event that the dog has injured you, the prison sentence can be extended up to five years. It’s also likely that the dog will be put down if it is deemed to be dangerous.

Being bitten by a dog can have a serious impact on your health, both physically and emotionally. By making a claim, you could get compensation which can help you with any care needs you might have, including rehabilitation and psychological support.

For more information about making a dog bite compensation claim, contact our lawyers today free on 0800 056 4110.

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Can I Make A Claim If The Dog's Owner Can't Be Found, Or If They're Uninsured?

You may still be able to make a claim if you’ve been bitten by a dog but you don’t know who the owner is, or if the owner doesn’t have pet insurance. In both of these instances we can help you make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

In order for the CICA to pay you compensation, they need to see that your injuries were the result of a violent crime. They will want you to prove that the dog attack was deliberate and the owner set the dog on you, or that the dog has a history of being vicious and its owner failed to control it.

Our expert lawyers will help you gather evidence to ensure that your claim has the best possible chance of being accepted by the CICA. It’s worth noting that if you’re making a claim against an uninsured dog owner, they would have to pay any compensation awarded to you out of their own pocket. Often they do not have the finances for this, so in these circumstances making a claim to CICA could be a better option.

If you would like to find out more about making a dog bite claim, our lawyers will be happy to help. Contact us free today on 0800 056 4110 to find out more about making a compensation claim.

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Can I Claim If I Was Bitten At Work?

Dogs can become particularly anxious and more likely to attack if a stranger enters their home. Your job might mean that you have to enter homes or properties which have dogs and we could help you make a claim if these dogs injure you.

A number of roles mean that you're at risk of being bitten by a dog, including:

  • Postman/courier
  • Care worker/homecare provider
  • Emergency services worker
  • Maintenance/repair workers (including engineers, plumbers and electricians)
  • Meter checker (gas, electricity or water)
  • Door-to-door campaigner

If you’ve been bitten by a dog while at work, our lawyers are here to help. If you would like to find out more about making a compensation claim for your injuries, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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