There is no doubt that the UK is a nation of dog lovers. Whilst the vast majority of dogs pose no threat, there are over 200,000 dog attacks taking place each year.
According to Government figures, hospital admissions for dog attacks have increased by 81% since 2005. An unacceptably high number of victims suffer horrific life-changing injuries in these incidents. According to NHS Digital, people aged between 50 and 59 were the most likely victims of dog bites and strikes, with just over 1300 admissions in 2017/18. However those in the age groups 0-9 and 10 -19 account for 1730 hospital admissions over the same period.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Animals Act 1971 are the pieces of legislation that governs this area.
Common victims of dog bites
- Postmen/parcel couriers
- Food delivery drivers
- Dog owners
- Visitors to public parks.
Common dog bite injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bite wounds
- Deep scratches
- Allergic reactions
- Viral infections
- Deep bruising
- Psychological injuries
- Facial injuries
- Injuries to senses
- Fatal injuries.
Can you claim compensation for a dog bite?
If you’ve suffered any of the injuries above following a dog bite attack, you may be able to make a no-win, no-fee claim for compensation. As well as compensation for pain and suffering, it is possible to claim for other losses which may include medical expenses, treatment costs – physical and psychological, loss of earnings, prescriptions and medication and additional travel costs.
We advise that you follow the steps below following a dog attack injury
1. Consult a doctor
Depending on the level of injury following the dog bite attack, you should either visit your GP or A & E. This step is very important in ensuring your dog bite injuries are treated in the best way possible to reduce the severity of them and any lasting damage. You may need a Tetanus injection.
2. Report the dog bite to the Police
You need to report the dog attack to the police as soon as possible after being bitten. Make sure you keep the crime/accident reference number and as much detail as possible.
3. Take clear pictures
We understand that this may not be the first thought that comes to mind at such a distressing time. However, any photos showing how bad the dog bite injuries are may greatly help you win the amount of compensation you deserve.
Our dog bite injury lawyers will usually ask to see pictures. They’ll use their specialist expertise to determine the amount of compensation you should receive. We’ll make sure that any pictures are kept confidential.
4. Identify the owner of the dog and their contact details
Ideally, at the time of the dog attack, you should get the owners’ contact details, including their address. This will be a vital part in ensuring we can claim compensation for you.
5. Any witnesses?
If you were with anyone, or if a member of the public witnessed the attack, make sure you take their contact details.
6. Was the accident during work?
If the dog bite accident happened during the course of your job, for example as a postman or parcel delivery driver, make sure you report the accident to your manager and an accident report form is completed.
7. Get in touch with us
We are dedicated to ensuring innocent victims of awful dog bite accidents get the rightful compensation they deserve. Our team has years of experience in dog bite compensation claims and will use their expertise to help you too.