Dog Bite Compensation Claims | Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

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Claiming Compensation Against Dog Owners

Being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying experience. You may be left with a severe physical injury and a lot of emotional trauma. Dog owners and dog handlers have a responsibility to protect others from the damage that a dog can inflict. If you or a loved one have been injured because of a dog attack, you may be able to claim compensation.

Our expert lawyers have helped hundreds of clients to claim compensation after a dog attack. We are here to help you get compensation but also to get a sense that justice has been done.

How To Make A Dog Bite Claim

In order to improve your chances of success in your claim, you should try and take as many of the following steps as possible:

  • Identify the dog's owner
  • Report the incident to police
  • Contact eyewitnesses
  • Find out if the dog has a history of violence or aggression, and contact your local dog warden
  • Take photographs of your initial injury, and of any scarring that follows

Even if you cannot take all of those steps, you should still contact us as we may be able to help. Unpredictable and aggressive behaviour from a dog is often the fault of the owner, so we may be able to help you make a compensation claim against them.

What Irwin Mitchell Does To Help

Our philosophy is to always put your best interests first, so we will tell you honestly whether we believe you have a strong enough case to make a claim.

Throughout your dog bite claim we will:

  • Support you throughout the process and explain what is happening in plain English
  • Work tirelessly to reach a positive outcome and get you the compensation you deserve
  • Help you with any care needs, such as rehabilitation or psychological treatment
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Some dog owners can become blinded to the behaviour of their animal, but it is their duty to make sure the creature is properly trained so that it does not pose a threat to passers-by. Where they fail, there is a good chance of making a successful claim. The law around dog attacks is complex, so it’s important that you speak to solicitors with the experience and knowledge to help you.

Our expertise, strong client focus and experience in dog bite claims make us a good first port of call to talk through the circumstances of your case, and how to progress.

Contact Us For Free Advice About Making A Dog Bite Claim

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 to claim compensation and ensure that you receive the medical support that you need. Call us for free advice or contact us online.


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The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

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All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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