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Dog bite

Help making a personal injury compensation claim

If you have been injured because a dog has bitten you, then dog owner or person in control of the dog at the time may be liable to pay compensation for the personal injury you've suffered as a result.

Some dogs are unpredictable and can be violent for no apparent reason. When people are the victim of this aggression, the consequences can be upsetting. Not only can a dog bite inflict terrible wounds, but it can also cause infection and psychological trauma.

Most commonly dog bites happen whilst walking or cycling. If you have been injured in a dog bite, we can help you make a claim against the dog owner’s insurance company or under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
Most home owners don’t have cover for their dogs under their household insurance policy. If a claim can’t be made under the dog owner’s insurance company, we can assist you in claiming under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Call us now on 0800 197 32 32 for more advice about this scheme.

Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) 1991
In 1990 and 1991 there was a rapid rise in the number of UK newspapers reporting of dog attacks. As a result, in 1991 the Government introduced a new piece of legislation, the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The legislation stipulated that owners of the certain breeds of dog (Such as Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero) had to meet strict requirements. These included keeping the dog muzzled and on a lead at all times in a public place, registering their dog on the Index of Exempted Breeds, getting them micro-chipped and insured.

Under the legislation, any injury caused by these exempted breeds will lead to compensation being payable even if the dog showed no previous signs of aggression.

Guard dogs
The law differs for guard dogs in a number of ways. It is illegal for a guard dog to be active in any premises unless a handler capable of control is also in attendance on the premises. The only exception to this is when the animal is secured and that it is not at liberty to go freely around the premises.

Using guard dogs is illegal unless a clear and visible warning sign is displayed at the entrance to the premises.

More about dog bite claims

How we can help
Our personal injury solicitors are experienced in dealing with all types of accidents caused by animals including:

Our solicitors have the resources available to help establish the facts needed for a claim to be successful.

A no win, no fee service
We offer our services on a no win, no fee basis. No win, no fee agreements allow you to make a claim for personal injury compensation without having to worry about the financial consequences in the event that your claim is unsuccessful. This means that you can make a claim, without worrying that you might need to pay out to keep it going. We will also advise you to take out legal insurance (which we can arrange on your behalf) to protect you from any unexpected costs not associated with our services. You don't need to pay for this up front, it can be paid out of the compensation award that you receive, and enables you to be fully financially protected as your claim is progressed by us.

Call us now
Want to know more about dog bite accident claims and related issues? Then contact us now on 0800 197 32 32 or complete the claim assessment form opposite and we’ll get back to you.