Dog Bite Compensation Claims

Advice and Assistance from Cohen Cramer

Dog bite compensation claims. With approximately one in four households in the UK owning a dog, it’s clear there are a lot of dogs in the UK.

We can assist with dog bite claims in relation to attacks:

  • by a police dog
  • when delivering parcels/food/post etc
  • upon children
  • while at your place of work
  • where the owner has failed to control their dog

​Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that they control their dog, and prevent it causing harm or injury to other people. There are, however, occasions when unfortunately this does not happen, and injury results.

Cohen Cramer specialise in recovering damages for injuries caused due to the negligence of a dog owner or person in charge of a dog.

If you have suffered as a result of being been bitten or attacked by a dog, our experts may be able to help you recover compensation. Your claim can be made on a no win no fee basis so that if your claim is not successful then, as long as you have complied with our terms and conditions, you won’t have to pay for the work we did on your behalf.

Get the expert advice you need

Bringing dog bite compensation claims is a complex area of law and rarely straightforward, which is why it is important to seek specialist legal advice from the outset.

We have a proven track record in successfully pursuing these types of claims and we will look to claim compensation for your injuries and losses arising from the incident.

We will look to claim:

  • Compensation for your injuries both mental and physical. This includes any scarring that may result from the attack.
  • Treatment costs in relation to physical and/or mental injury
  • Lost earnings due to time off work due to the incident
  • Care/assistance provided by professionals and/or family and friends due to your injuries
  • Clothing and/or other property damaged in the incident
  • Any other losses resulting from the incident

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Advice on bringing dog bite compensation claims

It may be that you are bitten whilst working such as a delivery driver or postman. You may be bitten whilst out walking your dog or simply out walking.

The circumstances of your accident will have an impact on how your claim is dealt with:

  • Working animals

If you sustained an injury through a dog bite whilst visiting commercial premises where the dog is kept for security or other purposes (such as a working dog on a farm, then the claim would be brought against the owners of the premises. It is likely that they would have appropriate insurance to cover such incidents. This is known as public liability insurance.

If you were bitten while at work by a dog that was owned by your employers for the purposes of their business, then your claim will be brought under their employer’s liability policy.

  • Pet dogs

The vast majority of Incidents involved dogs that are simply pets and as such we would be reliant upon the owner of the dog having appropriate third-party pet insurance or household insurance cover that covered such incidents.

Neither house no pet insurance is compulsory and if no insurance is in place then it can be very difficult to pursue a claim. You may have a valid claim in liability but if there is no insurance in place and the chances of actually recovering compensation are very slim.

  • Police dogs

Claims against the police for injuries suffered from police dog bites can be very difficult to deal with. Unless you are a completely innocent bystander then there is a strong chance that liability will be denied. You will need to show that, despite being involved in criminality activity the amount of force used by the dogs, under police orders, was excessive or that the attending officer failed to control the animal so as to prevent your harm.

How to bring successful dog bite compensation claims

To maximise your chances of a successful personal injury claim we would suggest the following.

  • Notify the owner of the dog and all the property as soon as you are able to do so. It is unlikely they will admit fault at that stage but you should bring it to their attention that you have been bitten.
  • If you are bitten during the course of your employment you should report it to your employers immediately and asked them to note it in the accident book.
  • Take a photograph of your injuries before the wound is dressed to give an indication as to the extent of the injury sustained.
  • Seek medical assistance. If your injuries are severe you should go straight to your local A&E department in any. In any event, you should always seek medical advice in case you require tetanus or antibiotics.
  • Make a note of the address and any witnesses to the event.

If you intend to bring a claim of your personal injuries then ensure that you are represented by solicitors with the knowledge and experience to not only prove your claim but to ensure that you get the maximum level of compensation.

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