Delivery Driver Dog Bite Claims. The increasing use of the internet for shopping and food delivery purposes has lead to an increase in the number of deliveries being made to our homes. In turn and not surprisingly there has been a marked increase in the number of bites sustained and suffered by delivery drivers and couriers.

Fortunately, the vast majority of incidents are not serious with nipped fingers being the most common injury. That said, such can be very painful and lead to difficulty in carrying out everyday tasks for a number of weeks as well as restricting an ability to work.

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Delivery driver dog bite claims

If you have been injured by a dog while delivering to a residential or commercial address you may be entitled to compensation. Our expert and experienced solicitors are here to help with advice and information on bringing a personal injury claim.

Claims for delivery drivers are the same for all members of the public that are bitten by a dog.  Such claims are usually brought under the 1971 Animals Act. Under this act, your claim will be based upon whether the dog has been aggressive or has shown behavioral qualities that are out of character. Importantly it must be shown that the owner/keeper of the dog ought to have known that the animal was likely to behave in such a manner.

The vast majority of incidents involve animals that are not classed as dangerous breeds and can be owned by the general public without the need for insurance or special license.

If the dog that bit you falls into the category of a banned breed then, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the dog must be muzzled, registered, micro-chipped, tattooed and insured. It is illegal to keep a banned breed if such conditions are not met.

At present, the following species are classed as banned breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero

What you can claim

Assuming that we can prove liability and insurance is in place we would look to claim compensation for the following:

Injury – this is known as ‘general damages’ and refers to payment in relation to the pain and suffering you sustain as a result of the bite. It can further cover mental trauma and shock if appropriate.

  • Financial losses – this is known as ‘special damages’ and covers such aspects as:
  • lost income resulting from time away from work for recovery or treatment
  • The cost of any treatment can include physiotherapy, counseling, and plastic/reconstructive surgery if required
  • incidental expenses such as prescriptions/over the counter medication, taxi and travel fees etc.

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How long do I have to make my delivery driver dog bite claim?

You have three years from the date of the incident to make a claim. If you were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident then the three years run from your 18th birthday. Essentially you have until your 21st birthday to issue proceedings in support of your claim.

While you may have up to three years we would recommend that you started your claim as soon as possible. Evidence can grow cold, witnesses may forget what happened or cannot be traced, the owners of the dog may move, making it difficult to even begin your claim. To ensure the best chance of success; start your claim as soon as possible.

What will it cost to bring a claim for a courier dog bite?

If we think that your claim has more than a 51% chance of success we are happy to deal with such on a no win-no fee basis. This means that we agree to act for you on the basis that, as long as you abide by our terms and conditions, we will not charge you for the work we have done on your behalf if the claim is not successful.

If your claim is successful we would look to retain 25% plus the vat on that figure to cover our costs.

What should I do if I am bitten while delivering to a house?

  • If the owner of the dog/property is available then advise them as to what has happened.
  • If appropriate take photographs of:
    • the injury before it is addressed
    • the property showing the location/lack of dog warning signs
  • Notify your employers and have it entered into the accident book
  • Report the matter to the police, this is not compulsory but a successful police prosecution can assist with your personal injury claim.
  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Make sure that you speak to solicitors with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

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