We secured compensation for our client after he was injured by a dog off its lead. We settled the claim without needing to go to court.
Our client, Scott*, was out cycling when the accident happened. He was travelling along a cycle path when a dog rushed out of the bushes to the side of him. The dog collided with Scott’s bike and caused him to fall off and injure himself.
Scott sustained nerve damage and orthopaedic injuries. His injuries were so severe he needed extensive treatment and has had to take time off work. He’s also likely to need more time off work for further surgery in the future.
How We Helped
We brought a claim for compensation against the dog’s owner using the Animals Act 1971. This states that a dog's owner is responsible for any injuries it causes to another person in some circumstances.
To support the claim, we investigated the extent of Scott’s injuries. To do this, we got expert medical evidence related to the injuries.
We managed to get an admission of responsibility from the dog’s owner early in the claim. This spared Scott the stress of having the case go to court.
After negotiating with the dog’s owner’s Insurer , we secured a settlement for Scott. His compensation will help him to pay for ongoing treatment for his injuries.
It also accounts for future loss of earnings, which are expected as Scott still suffers symptoms from his injuries.
Cathryn Godfrey, an associate solicitor who specialises in personal injury claims involving animals, handled Scott’s case. She commented, “I’m delighted we were able to get Scott the money he deserved after suffering such significant injuries.
“There are many circumstances in which a dog owner can be liable for the injuries caused by their dog under the Animals Act 1971. Even though the owner or keeper may not have been negligent, they may still be responsible. Specialist knowledge of this area of law is needed to advise clients.”
*Client’s name has been changed to preserve anonymity.
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