If you’ve been bitten or attacked by a dog, we recommend seeking medical attention for your injury. Dog bites can easily become infected and commonly appear less serious than they are. By seeking medical attention, you can be given the peace of mind that your injury isn’t going to get worse.
Also, once you’ve sought medical attention, your medical records can be used to support your dog bite claim if you choose to pursue one.
We also recommend making a note of the dog owner’s details, such as their name and address. Your solicitor will need these details to carry out your claim.
Dog bites while on holiday
If you were bitten by a dog whilst on holiday, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Dogs abroad can carry rabies or other viruses that can be harmful or fatal to humans.
Children and dog attacks
We know how hard it can be to see a loved one suffer an injury. If your child has been injured as the result of a dog attack, we’re sorry. We can’t take away what happened to them, but we can help them get the support they need to make a recovery.
We can help you make a compensation claim for the injury your child has suffered, as well as the psychological impact it might have had.
The Dangerous Dog Act udar11685
The Dangerous Dog Act is legislation designed to try and protect the public from dangerous dogs.
As part of the Act, several dogs were highlighted as dangerous breeds.
Pit Bull Terriers
Japanese Tosa (also called a Japanese Mastiff or Fighting Dog)
Dogo Argentino (Argentinean Mastiff)
Fila Braziliero (Brazilian Mastiff)
Owning one of these dogs means the owner has to meet strict requirements designed to keep you safe. These requirements include keeping the dog on a lead and muzzled when in public. They also require the dog to be tattooed, chipped, insured and registered on the Index of Exempted Breeds.
If you’ve suffered an injury from one of these breeds of dog, then dog attack compensation could be payable; even if there is no history of aggression.
It’s also important to remember that any dog can be a dangerous dog. If your injury was caused by a dog breed not listed above, you might still be able to make a compensation claim.