Dog bites are among the most common personal injury claims in the UK and account for over 7,000 hospital admissions each year.
The injuries dogs can cause should not be underestimated. Besides the physical injuries victims are often left traumatised for some time afterwards and can be left permanently scarred.
If you have been bitten by a dog and your skin has been broken, you need to get medical advice immediately. However severe your injuries are, the incident should also be reported to the police as soon as possible.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced after a spate of dog attacks and bans the public from keeping:
Pit Bull Terriers
Also banned is any mixed breed dog that visibly contains any of the banned breeds.
Whilst the ban goes some way to protecting the public, caution still needs to be exercised around other breeds as any dog is capable of biting and some studies suggest that the Jack Russell is the breed that is most likely to bite people.
Whatever the breed, owners have a legal duty to keep their dogs under proper control at all times. If you are the victim of an attack you are legally able to claim compensation from the owner.
If the owner encouraged the dog to attack you, you may be able to make a claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
How we can help
We will arrange for you to be examined by a medical expert. You can rest assured that you will be seen by a doctor that specialises in areas related to your specific injuries, whether they are physical or psychological, and who will be able to advise on the best course of treatment for your speedy recovery.
Calculating the value of dog bite compensation can be difficult because scarring is generally involved and that leads to a whole raft of variants – age, sex, location of scar, job, lifestyle – the list goes on. What matters is that you get help from personal injury specialists with expertise in assessing and claiming for dog bites.
You only get one chance to make a claim so it’s important to make sure that you are properly compensated, not just for today but for the future too.
If you would like more information or just want a chat about your options, contact our friendly professionals today.