I’ve been bitten by a dog. Can I claim compensation?

If you’ve been attacked by a dog and sustained injuries, whether physical or psychological, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

Our lawyers are experts in dealing with dog bite claims. We’ve handled claims from incidents resulting in minor scratches and puncture wounds to severe injuries requiring extensive reconstructive plastic surgery. Whatever your injury, we’ll work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Contact us on 0800 980 9390 to discuss your individual circumstances. All our dog bite claims are handled on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Dog bite claims

Dog bite incidents are on the rise. Any dog, whatever its breed, can become aggressive if it is not trained or socialised properly. All dog owners are responsible for ensuring their dog is fully trained and under control.

It’s estimated that more than 200,000 people are bitten by dogs every year in England. Such incidents are often extremely traumatic and can result in serious psychological as well as physical injuries.

Our team have dealt with a wide variety of dog bite claims over the years and have significant experience and expertise in the complexities of this area of the law. Our specialist knowledge in this area means we provide the best possible advice and service. Our lawyers are committed to securing the maximum possible compensation for the victims of dog bites.

Exceptional client care

We understand the impact a dog bite can have on your life and are dedicated to securing compensation to help you make the best possible recovery. This includes any medical and rehabilitation treatment needed, including private plastic surgery, in addition to compensation to help alleviate any financial difficulties if you have required time off work.

We recognise that the injuries sustained may be psychological as well as physical. We fight for compensation to cover counselling and other treatments to ensure you make the best possible recovery in the quickest time. Your welfare is extremely important to us, with our lawyers providing a personal service tailored to your specific circumstances. We offer home and hospital visits and have interview facilities throughout England and Wales.

Contact

For more information, contact our specialist dog bite claim solicitors on 0800 980 9390 or complete our claim form.

You can also visit our Dog Bite Claims site or use the tab above for further information on this subject.


Frequently Asked Questions
  • I was attacked in my neighbour’s garden – can I make a claim?
  • Yes. If your neighbour knew that you were going to visit them, and if they knew that their dog might act aggressively or potentially bite you, then they should have ensured that their dog was secured so that it would not have been possible for it to attack you.

    If your neighbour did not know that you were going to visit them but had left their dog in the garden then they should have ensured that warnings signs were on display warning potential visitors that there was a dog loose in the garden. They should also have locked any access gates to the garden thus preventing anyone inadvertently coming into contact with the dog.

    Contact our specialist dog bite claim solicitors on 0800 980 9390, or complete our claim form, for more information about making a dog bite claim.

  • Do I have to report my dog bite to the police?
  • No, you do not have to report it to the police however this is almost always a sensible thing to do. In some situations, particularly if the dog attack took place on private property, the police may say that there is nothing that they can do however you should still insist that they take a report so that, at the very least, if there is another incident involving that dog more evidence is available.

    It may also be a good idea to report the incident to the Dog Warden at the local council for the region where the incident took place. If this is the first time that dog has attacked then, again, there may be little that the Dog Warden can do but it is still important that there is a record of your attack.

    Contact our specialist dog bite claim solicitors on 0800 980 9390, or complete our claim form, for more information about making a dog bite claim.

  • I was stroking the dog – can I still make a claim?
  • Yes, potentially. It is always safest to keep well clear of any dog that you do not know, even if it appears friendly. If a dog does not know or recognise you it may suddenly “turn” and attack you without warning.

    If you ask an owner if you can pet their dog and they agree but the dog attacks you then, if the owner was aware that the dog may do this, the owner may be negligent meaning you can bring a claim against them.

    Contact our specialist dog bite claim solicitors on 0800 980 9390, or complete our claim form, for more information about making a dog bite claim.

  • The dog that bit me was not insured can I still make a claim?
  • If a dog was not insured then this does not prevent a claim from being brought however, if the dog was not insured, then it can be very difficult to secure financial compensation at the end of the claim.

    At present there is no legal requirement for a dog to be insured. Often dog owners may take out a policy of pet insurance which may insure them in the event that their dog bites someone. Most home contents insurance policies may also insure a claim brought against the policy holder following a dog bite incident.

    If there is no insurance in place however then, whilst you could still bring a claim you may simply obtain a “County Court Judgment” against the dog owner. You would then need to enforce this Judgment through the Courts which can be difficult if the dog owner does not have financial assets.

    In reality, in the majority of the circumstances where a dog is not insured or the owner does not have household insurance it can be difficult to bring a claim however you should always consult with a solicitor who will be able to explain the situation in full and investigate whether the dog was insured.

    Contact our specialist dog bite claim solicitors on 0800 980 9390, or complete our claim form, for more information about making a dog bite claim.