Dog bites can range from frightening to fatal. Whatever the extent of your physical injuries, you and your family are likely to be traumatised by the incident.
At Macks Solicitors, our personal injury specialists have a proven track record in securing compensation for victims of dog bites.
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Dog Bite Cases
Whilst the UK is known as a nation of animal lovers it is inevitable that some dog bite accidents will occur and that a few dog owners will fail to act responsibly and protect others from their dogs.
Our specialist lawyers have successfully handled claims for dog bite injuries involving:
- Abrasions and cuts
- Crushing injuries
- Nerve damage
If you or a family member has sustained injuries from a dog bite, you could be entitled to compensation. Call us today to discuss your claim.
Child Dog Bite Claims
If your child has been bitten by a dog you may be able to make a claim on their behalf. You should not be deterred from seeking legal advice on a dog bite claim because the dog owner told you that your child provoked or teased the dog or that the dog acted out of character because of the actions of your child.
Assessing the Severity
Dog bites are usually categorised using the following severity levels:
- Level 1 – minor bites and aggressive behaviour consisting of growling, barking and jumping
- Level 2 – minor bite leaving marks but no skin punctures
- Level 3 – moderate bites with slight skin punctures and mildly aggressive behaviour
- Level 4 – multiple, significant punctures, bruising or wounds due to overall aggressive behaviour
- Level 5- serious bites resulting in deep puncture wounds, usually accompanied by nerve damage and bone fractures
- Level 6 – extreme aggression resulting in life-changing injuries or fatality
If you or a member of your family has experienced a dog bite, no matter at what level, it is vital to seek medical treatment. You should also gather as much information about the attack, including the dog breed and the owner’s details to aid your claim.
We understand that a dog bites in any of the 6 categories can have profound emotional and psychological consequences.
Claiming Dog Bite Compensation
Dog bite victims often have a legal right to compensation if an attack occurs. Our role is to prove your claim and secure compensation for you.
Being bitten doesn’t equal compensation, as the law covering dog bites is complicated. This is why you need our experienced team of personal injury solicitors on your side to support you through your claim.
Working on a no-win, no-fee basis, we understand the subtle complexities involved with every dog bite claim. We will talk to you about how you came to be bitten and the impact the bite has had on you and advise you on the next steps.
We understand the traumatic nature of dog-related attacks and, at Macks, you will find our team to be sensitive, thorough and supportive throughout.
The Law on Dog Attacks
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 makes it a criminal offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control in public. A dog is considered to be out of control if it injures or causes a reasonable fear of potential injury.
The law allows for dogs to be confiscated following a serious dog bite incident and potentially destroyed. If the breed is banned under the breed-specific legislation it will be destroyed.
Penalties for owners with dangerously out of control dogs include:
- Permanent owner ban
- Control order
- Unlimited fine
- Prison sentence
Whether or not you reported a dog bite attack to the local authority or the police, you can still bring a civil claim for compensation if you are bitten by a dog.
Dog Bite Compensation
Dog attacks and dog bite injuries vary considerably, so the amount of compensation will depend on the extent of the injuries. Our dog bite solicitors will assess potential compensation awards, taking into account:
- Pain and suffering
- Losses to current and future earnings
- Existing and future costs of private healthcare and plastic surgery
- Rehabilitation and support services including counselling
- Mobility aids and assistive technologies
How Macks Can Help
We will thoroughly explore your case and determine the best course of action that is tailored to your specific needs.
We will also discuss the funding arrangement that best suits your situation and provide you with sound practical advice.
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