When the news of a savage dog attack hits the headlines, there is a tendency to assume it will relate to pit bull terriers or Japanese Tosas (both banned breeds) but Liverpool police reported last year that a family favourite, the Jack Russell was in fact responsible for the most dog bites in that city and other usually placid dogs have been cited as culprits too.
Being attacked or bitten by a dog can be a traumatic experience, leaving a victim with serious physical injuries and long-term psychological damage.
Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their animal under control at all times and ensure it does not act in an aggressive manner.
Dog bite compensation law is a specialist area which the team at Spencers Solicitors know all about.
If you have suffered a dog bite or attack, our team at Spencers can help you overcome the trauma by securing treatment for your injuries as well as pursue a dog bite compensation claim.
for advice on making a dog bite claim.
Once you are a safe distance from the animal you should seek immediate medical attention through either first aid or the local accident and emergency department, depending on the severity of your injury.
If you do initially treat with first aid, you should still visit your GP at the earliest opportunity. Even if your wounds appear to be only minor any break in the skin could result in infection and you may require a tetanus injection.
Take photographs of your injury along with any damage to clothing etc.
You should then report the animal and the incident to the police and the local authority and ask them to try and find out if the dog has attacked before.
Under The Control of Dogs Order 1992, all dogs that are exercised in public must wear a collar with the name and address of their owner inscribed and they should ideally be micro chipped.
So along with gaining treatment and reporting the incident, it would help your dog attack compensation claim if you can also try to obtain the following information:
We will then use this information in conjunction with the police or local authority to trace the dog's owner and their insurance company to seek compensation.
However if you were unable to retrieve details of the owner after a dog attack, don't worry. Depending on the circumstances we may be able to treat the claim as a criminal injury where compensation would be paid through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Dog attacks don't always happen in public places, if your job requires you to visit people's private property it can lead to a higher risk of being bitten by a dog. Some of the higher risk occupations include:
If you would like to find out more about making a dog bite compensation claim on a no win no fee basis, the best thing to do is to speak to us. It's free and you're not obligated to do anything.
You can complete our simple online claim enquiry form and one of our specialist dog bite lawyers will contact you when convenient or you can call us direct on 08000 93 00 94.
We're keen to help you make a successful dog bite claim and firmly believe that talking to us will be the first step in securing the injury compensation, help and support you deserve.
Contact Spencers Solicitors today if you would like to talk to an expert about a dog bite claim.
Complete an online claim enquiry and one of our team will contact you to assist, or you can call us on 08000 93 00 94.
If your accident or attack occurred in public, we are leading personal injury solicitors who handle thousands of public liability injury claims every year.