Most dogs are well-behaved when near strangers, but unfortunately dog bites can occur. If you've been bitten by a dog, you should consider making a claim.
When dog bites occur, the damage can be quite severe or, even fatal in the worst cases. We understand that injuries sustained from dog bites can be both painful and long-lasting, and we are here to assist you in making a claim during this distressing time.
What is a dog bite?
A dog bite is where a dog clamps its jaws around a part of someone, causing injury as a result. Dog bites can occur anywhere, but are most likely to happen near gardens and parks – where dogs and their owners can usually be found. If you have suffered a dog bite then you can and should seek compensation from the dog’s owner.
Who can I claim against?
If the event of a dog bite or attack, the owner is usually liable, as it is their responsibility to ensure their dog is well-behaved. Any neglect of their duties as owner will form reasonable grounds to make a compensation claim.
We understand the most important thing is that you are able to recover as well as possible. When you're ready, you should consider making a claim. When it comes to the amount you could claim for, it depends on the injury. Hand injuries, which are the most common for dog bites, tend to receive a minimum compensation of £800. Fractures to fingers are usually awarded up to £4,160 more minor breaks and up to £32,210 for more severe fractures. Serious arm fractures are often awarded at least £16,830.
How long do I have to make a claim?
You should consider starting your claim as soon as you feel ready to do so. Our team of expert solicitors can take the stress out of making a claim, and do all the hard work so that you can have the peace of mind that you deserve during this time.
I’ve been a dog bite victim. What should I do?
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer a dog bite, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Then, once you’re ready, you could make a compensation claim. Our team of solicitors are always on hand to help you through the claims process, and you can also contact us if you simply would like to discuss the events of the incident with us.