Dog Bite Compensation Claims

To be bitten by a dog is a horrifying and unfortunately, increasingly common experience, which can leave both physical and psychological scars. Whether you or your child has been bitten, it is the dog owner’s responsibility to keep their pet trained, safe and under control and it is often the case that aggressive behaviour in a dog is the owner’s fault.

This means that if you have been injured in an attack by a dog, you may be able to claim compensation against the owner. The law surrounding dog bite claims – and other animal attack claims – is complex, so you need to speak to solicitors, who have the complex legal knowledge and experience required in handling such cases.

At Freeclaim Solicitors we have expert animal injury claims lawyers who can help you claim compensation after a dog bite injury.

For a free and confidential consultation to discuss a claim after being bitten by a dog, call FREE on 0800 612 7340 or contact our dog bite compensation solicitors online. Our specialist team will fight on your behalf so that you can recover from the physical and psychological trauma as soon as possible.

Precautions around dogs and dog bites

Unfortunately dog bites are increasingly common, but they can be avoided, so it’s important to know how you or your child should act if you encounter an aggressive dog.

If the dog is growling, barking or baring its teeth, you need to stand as still as you can and keep your hands at your sides while avoiding eye contact. Hopefully, the dog will lose interest so you can slowly back away. You should never run away from an aggressive dog as their instinct will be to chase.

Never let your child approach an unknown dog, for example at the park, even if the dog is on a leash and appears friendly. You should always ask the owner if your child can pet their dog rather than assuming it is safe for them to do so.

You should also never leave a child alone with a dog – even if it’s a friendly family pet that has never bitten before. The majority of dog bites come from dogs that have never bitten before.

If you do suffer a dog bite, you should wash the wound with warm water as soon as you can. Dog bites often have bacteria which can cause infection in the wound, so it is important the area is thoroughly cleaned to decrease this risk. Even if the injury seems minor, it can become badly infected so it’s essential to check with your doctor in case you require antibiotics or a tetanus injection.

It is especially important that you seek medical attention if your child is the one bitten and you should call 999 if the bites are to the head, neck or face.

If you are bitten by a dog while abroad, there is a risk of contracting rabies so you should seek immediate medical attention.

Making a dog bite compensation claim

If you or your child is bitten by a dog, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim against the owner.

To assist and improve your chances of success, you should try to take as many of the following steps as you can, as soon as possible after the dog bite. This will help ensure our team of expert dog bite claim solicitors have as much information as possible.

  • Identify the owner of the animal
  • Report the incident to the police
  • Take the contact details of any eyewitnesses
  • Find out if the dog has a history of biting or attacks
  • Contact your local dog warden
  • Keep a photographic record of your injuries and/or scarring
  • Ensure you seek medical attention as appropriate

We can investigate all of the accident circumstances on your behalf, ensuring that you have the best chance of succeeding in your dog bite compensation claim.

Common dog bite compensation claims

At Freeclaim, we deal with a variety of dog bite compensation claims. Many are from dogs mentioned in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 such as Pit Bull Terriers, Fila Brazilieros, Dogo Argentinos and Japanese Tosas, but this is not always the case.

Many dog bite compensation claims are also against ‘family dogs’ such as Labradors, Terriers or German Shepherds, which have all been known to attack people despite not being considered ‘dangerous’.

We also deal with dog bites that can occur while at work. For instance, if your job means that you regularly have access to another person’s home (post or delivery person, home carer, maintenance or repair person, amongst many others) then you may have contact with dogs owned by residents. If you are bitten by a dog at work then you may also be eligible to make a compensation claim.

How we can help

Freeclaim Solicitors have more than 30 years’ experience and success in dog bite compensation claims, fighting for the victims of dog attacks. We will be able to let you know quickly if you have a claim against the dog’s owner – all enquiries are free and confidential.

After that, claims are handled on a no win no fee basis so you won’t have to pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful.

We’re personal injury solicitors who are recommended by the Legal 500 and as such, we have the complex legal knowledge required to support you in your dog bite compensation claim.

Make a free, no obligation enquiry by calling us today on 0800 612 7340 or fill in our dog bite claims enquiry form and one of our specialist lawyers will call you back.

Dog Bite Compensation Case Studies

Here’s some recent case studies of dog bite compensation claims we have dealt with:

  • Mr N was bitten by a dog when he was delivering goods to a house on behalf of a supermarket who he worked for. He sustained two bites from two different dogs at the same address. One bite was on his upper right leg and the other his left forearm. He received £2,000 for his dog bite compensation claim.
  • Mrs P sustained a bite to her finger whilst posting a donations envelope through a letterbox when she was working as a volunteer for a charity. The damage to her finger from the dog bite was extensive and required surgery to correct. She had ongoing problems with flexing the finger and also permanent scarring. Freeclaim Solicitors helped her to successfully claim over £5,400 in dog bite compensation.