There are a good number of responsible dog owners out there who know that a dog can turn if not properly looked after, or if they are neglected. Like many other animals, dogs can turn on men, women, and even children and babies, and have been known to attack public service people at their home property such as postmen, the milkman or the paperboy, because the dog has been left outside in the garden. When a dog attacks and bites it can leave nasty injuries and infections, such as a scar, something which you would be living with for the rest of your life as a reminder of that scary day you was attacked.
If this has happened to you, then surely you deserve compensation for the injuries you received? Of course you are entitled to make a compensation claim, it wasn’t your fault that the dogs owner was irresponsible for leaving their pet where it could do harm to others, or have not looked after their dog properly and it has finally turned. Dog attacks are the top personal injury claims made by animals, and if you have recently been bitten then you need to take yourself to the hospital straight away for a tetanus shot, first aid or antibiotics to treat any potential infection.
Call Tylers Solicitors on 0800 699 0079 today for advice – free on both landline and mobile if you have remaining minutes – to make a compensation claim for your dog bite injuries.
Got a question about dog bites?
- How dangerous are dog bites?
- How much compensation can you claim for a dog bite?
- How to tell the symptoms of a dog bite & how to get diagnosed?
- Where can I find out more information about a dog bite?
- How to make a dog bite compensation claim?
- Should you go for a ‘No Win, No Fee’ dog bite claims solicitor?
- How long until I can claim for a dog bite injury?
- List of dangerous dogs that could bite
- Outlawed Dog Breeds
- Further reading about dog bites
Dogs, being the best friend of a man, sometimes go wild and turn against humans that can lead to serious injuries. Every year tens of millions of people are bitten by stray and pet dogs, many of which occur in the UK, and as a result are injured badly. Unfortunately, dog bites are common in UK and breeds that create this chaos tend to be Pitt Bulls, Rottweiler and Terriers. However, other breeds can also land a bite on you if its wild instinct gets charged up and can cause a serious wound.
A dog bite can cause serious health effects that include severe bacteria infections of soft tissues and bones, which can be fatal, and also a deep bruise may appear near the affected area. Sepsis in asplenic patients is also another fatal effect.
Dog bites can not only harm you physically, but also psychologically too, as your traumatic experience may leave you too afraid to approach other friendly dogs. Typically the negligence of the dog owners towards their pet can be what turns a dog against humans.
How much compensation can you claim for a dog bite?
If you have suffered a dog bite injury you are eligible to make a compensation claim for your injuries. After you are bitten by a dog your injuries may keep you off work, or you may need to pay expensive treatment as a result of something that was not your fault. Your compensation claim will cover all expenses you have had to pay, any losses incurred, and will also compensate you for any injuries and trauma you have received.
The amount of compensation however depends on the injury and the severity of the dog bite. The exact amount of compensation you will receive for your dog bite injuries will depend upon your medical report directly. You can find out approximately how much you will get for your dog bite injury with a compensation calculator. People typically claim for loss of earnings and other financial costs on top of damage to your body.
How to tell the symptoms of a dog bite & how to get diagnosed?
As has been discussed earlier, a dog bite can cause several life threatening diseases. If you are bitten by a dog and have persistent pain, changes in general health or psychological issues as a result of the incident, it is important you seek medical attention immediately and get a diagnosis of your injury or illness you have received as a result of the attack. The most common places of a dog bite attack are the face, hand, arm or leg and if the injury is serious then you have a potential lawsuit for compensation.
Where can I find out more legal information about a dog bite?
Due to the increased number of dog attacks, there are a number of websites that now provide dog bite information (see further reading below) through the services of professional personal injury lawyers. If you want to request more information about the claims and procedures, you can read through our website, where everything is discussed in detail. You will be able to get all the necessary details and information regarding the approval of your dog bite compensation claim. See your local GP to see about a potential rabies injection / vaccine.
How to make a successful dog bite compensation claim?
To ensure your chances of winning the claim, you need to try as many steps as is possible. For best results, try to follow these steps:
- Identify the dog’s master or owner and try to gather evidence that the dogs owner knew, or should have realised, that the dog was dangerous to the public. Ask for forms of insurance that can cover the incident.
- Report the incident immediately to police, which will provide you with an official record of the incident and the injury. You may also find out if the dog has been involve in previous attacks, further strengthening your case.
- Take pictures of the initial injuries from many different angles.
- Contact different witnesses who seen the attack take place.
Should you go for a ‘No Win, No Fee’ dog bite claims solicitor?
It is best if you go for a ‘No Win, No Fee’ specialist claims solicitor. This way you will be able to make sure you don’t have to make any initial payments to win the claim. If the case fails, then you will not need to pay you attorney.
How long until I can claim for a dog bite injury?
How long your dog bite claim will take depends on how crucial the situation is. Generally, in the UK, a claim is passed within 18 months from the accident, but complex cases can take longer. The time also depends on how bad your injuries are and what medical treatments are being used to stabilise your injuries.
Please note, the list below does not refer to the breed in general, but only if brought up improperly and they turn aggressive.
- American Pit Bull Terrier – referred to as the most aggressive dog, if bought up wrong can cause very harmful damage
- Rottweiler – a big, burly dog and a guardian to its owner. If threatened can cause great damage.
- German Shepherd – of high intelligence and a dog that is trained to hunt down criminals.
- Deutscher Boxer – their ancestors seized bulls and bears, so they are not fearful.
- Dobermann – quick and agile and are very commonly used as guard dogs.
- Alaskan Malamute – Quit a heavy dog that is hard to calm down when it turns.
- Chow Chow – Do not be fooled by its friendly, laid back and lazy appearance as a Chow Chow is an aggressive breed and strong enough to pin any human.
- Dalmatian – Due to a genetic disorder that is passed down through its generation, about 8% of this breed are born deaf, with around 22% born deaf in one ear. This makes it hard to train them and therefore further down the line, if mistreated, can turn.
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogo Argentino
- Japanese Tosa
- Dog Bite Law
- The Dangerous Dog Act 1991
Contact Tylers Solicitors expert solicitors today!
If you have been the victim of a dog bite you may be eligible to claim compensation. Telephone Tylers Solicitors expert solicitors today (free) on 0800 699 0079.