If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you may have a valid dog bite compensation claim.
Dog bites have been on the increase in the UK in recent years. Consequently, the government have introduced new laws to make sure owners take greater responsibility for their dogs and pets. Dog bites account for the majority of bite claims. Many different breeds of dogs commonly bite, including border collies, rottweilers and pit bull terriers.
Dog bite injuries can vary and many can leave victims needing emergency medical treatment. The effects of are often devastating for victims. They might have to stay in hospital for a long period of time and/or endure extensive injuries such as psychological damage and physical impairment.
If you have witnessed a dog attack, you should call an ambulance as soon as you can. Secondly, if possible, you should use first aid to treat and clean the wound to avoid infection. A wound that becomes infected could become more painful and you may need antibiotics. In rare cases, a dog bite wound can lead to blood poisoning and other serious conditions.
Postmen and women, couriers and young children are the those most at risk of a dog attack. If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite in the last three years, you could be able to claim personal injury compensation.
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Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid a bite from a dog. However, there are steps you can take to decrease your chances of happening. Never put your face up to a dog’s face; if a dog looks uncertain of you, you should avoid getting physically close to it; don’t leave children or babies on their own near dogs no matter what kind of history a dog may have.
Compensation claims for dog bites involve making a claim against the owner of the dog. Often, the owner is in a position to prevent their dog from biting members of the public.
In some cases, particularly if the dog in question is particularly dangerous, the owner of the dog may have third party liability insurance in place to protect them against a compensation claim.
If they do not have insurance, you may be able to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) if the dog is considered a ‘Dangerous Dog’ or the dog was deliberately set upon you.
If you have suffered injury following a dog bite you should immediately contact personal injury solicitors with experience in this area of the law.
You should also seek medical advice as soon as possible. The extent of your injuries will have a vital role to play in your potential compensation, but this must first be verified by a medical expert, such as your GP. Any documentary evidence from a medical practitioner to support your claim will be integral to your legal claim.
If there were any witnesses to the accident it is also important to obtain their contact details. They may be able to provide a statement later down the line which will help to strengthen your claim.
Prior to this, the first step you should take is to find out exactly who owns the dog (if it is not immediately apparent) and if they have insurance.
There are two parts to any compensation claim: pain and suffering for the injury (general damages) and other financial losses as a result of the accident (special damages).
This will be dependent on the exact nature of your injuries and will take into account the pain and suffering following your injuries and your future prognosis.
The levels of special damages will take into account any losses which occurred as a direct result of the accident, examples of which include loss of earnings, medical expenses, and travel expenses.
Sometimes dog bite victims might have to take periods of time off work or pay for medical expenses. Because of this, if you have been bitten by a dog, you might be left out of pocket.
A personal injury claim will take into consideration any loss of earnings and out-of-pocket expenses you have had as well as the level of pain and suffering you have experienced.
First Personal Injury is a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers who help clients pursue dog bite compensation claims. If you would like more information or would like to begin your claim, please get in touch. Call our team on 0800 808 9740 or complete one of our online claim forms.
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