Attacks by out of control dogs are increasingly common in the UK and can be a very traumatic experience for those involved. If you have been injured by a dog and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Here is an overview to help you take the initial steps.
What information do I need for a dog bite claim?
To help us with your dog bite claim it’s useful to have the following information to hand when you call us:
- The name and address of the dog’s owner
- Details of any eye witnesses
- Whether the owner has pet or home insurance
- If the dog has a history of aggressive behaviour
- Photographs of your injuries and any scarring
We also recommend that you report a dog bite or dog attack to the police right away. Your local police will keep a record of potentially dangerous dogs and they can also make sure the owner takes the right safety measures such as using a lead or muzzle to keep everybody safe.
The Dangerous Dog Act
The Dangerous Dog Act 1991 is legislation designed to try and protect the public from certain breeds of dogs which are considered more dangerous than others. These were:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino (also known as a Argentinean Mastiff)
- Japanese Tosa (Japanese Mastiff)
- Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
Owning one of these dogs means the owner has to meet strict requirements designed to keep you safe including include keeping the dog on a lead and muzzled when in public.
However, the Act also recognised that any breed of dog, no matter how docile they may appear, might attack people. Section 3 of the DDA ‘Keeping dogs under proper control’ makes it an offence for any dog to be dangerously out of control, anywhere, including its own home.
What You Should Do After a Dog Bite Accident?
The first thing you should do if you are bitten by a dog is to seek medical attention straight away. Dog bites can potentially lead to infections if not treated and once you’ve sought medical attention, your medical records can be used to support any future claim.
If your dog bite sounds like the above then you may have a claim, and we recommend you call us on 0161 207 2020 and find out how we can help. Learn by about animal accident claims by clicking here.