Can I claim?
If you have been attacked by a dog and have been physically or psychologically injured as a result then you may be entitled to compensation from the dog owner or their insurers. These claims and the relevant laws can often be complex and it is essential that you are represented by an experienced solicitor.
At Macks we have a wealth of experience within our team and have conducted hundreds of dog bite claims over the years representing claimants with injuries from minor scratches/puncture wounds to severe injuries requiring extensive reconstructive plastic surgery. Inevitably most dog attacks also result in additional psychological injuries which can often be as debilitating as a physical injury.
If you have sustained a dog bite injury we advise you to take the following action:-
- Obtain the name and address of the dog owner. Enquire as to whether the dog is covered by pet insurance and, if so, obtain these details.
- Make a note of any witnesses to the incident or obtain details of local residents who may be able to comment on the temperament of the dog. If anyone is aware of previous incidents involving the dog also obtain their details as this may be crucial evidence in succeeding with your claim.
- Report the incident to the police. Ask the police if they are aware of any other incidents involving the dog or the dog owner prior to your incident. Obtain the crime reference number and details of the officer to whom the incident was reported.
- Contact the local dog warden to report the incident – also enquire as to whether there have been reports or incidents involving the dog prior to your attack.
- Seek medical attention and take photographs of your injury.
- If the incident occurred during the course of your work then report the incident to your employer and ensure that the incident is recorded in the accident book.
Contact our team for no obligation advice 0800 980 9390 or use our online claim form below. All of our dog bite claims are conducted on a No Win, No Fee basis.