Attacked by a Dog?


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By Crispin Bateman

on Thursday 28 February 2019


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Dog bite? The law in the UK

Though the idea of the postman with the pocket of his trousers torn away and the heart-covered boxer shorts showing underneath as he runs down the drive away from Rover is a classic comic image, the reality of being mauled by a dog is far from funny.

Being injured or intimidated by a dog is a frightening experience that can leave you nervous around animals long after the physical wounds have healed.

The Dangerous Dog Act (1991) has been in place for almost three decades to maintain the safety of the public around dogs in England and Wales. Amendments to this law in 2014 tightened up the rules, making dog attacks illegal in all places and increased the penalty for those owners who negligently allow the attacks to occur.

In short – if you have been bitten by a dog, you can claim compensation.

What to do if you’ve been bitten by a dog

While it is not the law to report a dog bite, it is important that you do. Failure to report it means:

  • The dog may bite again, and the next time could be more serious.

  • The police cannot investigate and any additional problems (abuse of the dog, etc.) may remain undetected.

  • Other animals the owner has may be at risk and will have no protection.

  • You will not be able to claim for compensation.

Getting evidence can help your claim. If you are able to take any pictures of your injury and the animal that did it for identification purposes, that will all go a long way to helping you reach a successful conclusion for your claim. Try to get details of the owner and anyone else responsible for the dog.

Contact us at Accident Line Direct as soon as possible. The earlier we hear of your dog attack injuries, the sooner we can help you with a No Win No Fee dog bite claim.

Can you claim compensation for a dog bite if you’ve been bitten by a dog at work?

No matter how much you trust the dog, you must remember that dogs can be unpredictable. Many long-time dog lovers who have worked with dogs for tens of years can be surprised by an animal’s mood suddenly turning and their beloved work colleague becoming violent.

Police dogs, dogs for the blind, dogs that work in the film and TV industry, shepherd dogs and more are all typically lovely creatures who work alongside humans on a daily basis and would rarely be considered dangerous, but care must still be taken when interacting with them and it is the responsibility of the owner of the animal and the employer of any business to maintain a safe environment around the dog.

If you have been the victim of a dog attack at work, then you are entitled to compensation.

How much can I sue for a dog bite? What are the dog bite injury compensation amounts?

Like all personal injury claims, the courts use a set of guidelines to provide final compensation amounts and your unique circumstances, and the amount of pain and suffering you have endured will both be significant factors in determining your final settlement.

Take a look at our Injury Payout Guide for an idea of various types of injury payout amounts. Just remember that yours may differ, depending on the circumstances of your case.

Someone’s dog bit me – what do I do?

Contact us at Accident Line Direct. We’ll get you the dog bite compensation you deserve!

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Compensation for Animal Attacks

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