Dog bite injury claim
Claims for injuries caused by dogs or other animals – normally but not exclusively the result of bites or attacks – can be brought against the keeper of the animal in question under the Animals Act 1971, and the time limit for making such claims is normally three years from the date of the bite or attack.
Early evidence gathering is important – obtaining the name and address of the person responsible for the animal at the time – and if serious, reporting the incident to the police. Many dog owners now carry insurance to settle any claims made against them and if details of this can be obtained at an early date, the claim is in an advantageous position. Additionally, If there is evidence that the dog has been used as a weapon – that is to say, ordered by its keeper to attack – a claim may also be brought under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
There are certain dog breeds subject to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. The Animals Act itself divides animals into dangerous and non-dangerous species, different rules for each. In other words, if you are our walking your water buffalo and it attacks somebody it’s strict liability.
What to do after
You would have to report the dog assault if you wanted to pursue a CICA claim.
Check for CCTV.
Search on social media for any information about the dog and the owner.
How much is my claim worth
The value of the claim will depend on the appearance of any scarring left by the attack, any damage to underlying tissues such as muscles or nerves, any psychological stress incurred, and the usual factors such as time off work and medical costs.
For general guidance on what awards of compensation claimed, please click here.
Time limits to make a claim
In most cases, the time limit is 3 years. In the case of children, they have 3 years from their 18th birthday. Someone who has lacked mental capacity since the accident, can make a claim at any time.
We strongly advise not to wait to make a claim because evidence to prove the claim is much harder to get if you leave it too long.
The sooner the claim is made the better.
How long does the compensation claim process take
This depends on a range of factors.
If liability is in dispute and/or serious injuries were suffered, claims will take longer than if liability is admitted and the injuries were less serious.
Straightforward cases can be resolved in a few months, but the most serious cases can unfortunately, take years.
Our aim is to progress your case as quickly as possible and to obtain if we can, interim payments and support for medical treatment.
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.