An attack by a dog can be a traumatic experience, leaving victims physically and emotionally damaged. It is the responsibility of the animal's owner or handler to protect people from its aggressive nature. If you, or a loved one, has been injured in an attack, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
At Lupton Fawcett, our dedicated solicitors have handled many dog attack claims, so you can rest assured that you will receive the guidance and support you need during this difficult time. To speak to a lawyer, call us today on 0333 323 5292, or fill in our contact form to the right-hand side of this page and we will get back to you at a suitable time.
What to do if you have been bitten
The main priority is to get medical treatment for any injuries sustained. However, there are a number of steps that can be taken to gather evidence for your claim, including:
- identifying the owner;
- reporting the incident to the police;
- contacting witnesses;
- contacting the local dog warden to check for a history of violence;
- taking photographs of your injury.
If you’re not able to complete all of the above steps, it’s still important that you speak to a solicitor because it is often the owner’s fault that a dog has displayed such aggressive behaviour.
What can I claim for?
Attacks are usually unprovoked, and children and babies are at particular risk of being bitten. Claims can be made if you or a loved one has been bitten to cover:
- the pain and suffering caused by the injury;
- any time off work you’ve taken to recover;
- medical bills and expenses;
- psychological treatment to cope with the attack.
Compensation is usually paid out by an insurance company, often by the owner’s pet or home policy, but it can also be awarded by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
Case study - £70,000 settlement
Pursuing a claim for personal injury and consequential loss arising out of an incident where the Claimant was attacked by a dog on the premises of a potential customer to whom she was demonstrating the benefits and products of her pet food and accessories franchise Damages £70,000
If you, or a loved one, has been attacked or bitten, get in touch with our solicitors today to see if you can make a dog bite compensation claim. Our team will be with you through every stage of your claim, providing you with comprehensive advice and support throughout proceedings. Contact us either by calling 0333 323 5292, or by filling in our claims form online.
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