Dog bites and animal attacks

Animals that are out of control can inflict serious personal injuries that can devastate the lives of the victims.

The majority of animal claims involve dogs. It has been hard to avoid the stories in the media over the last few years where a pet dog has seriously injured a victim or even caused loss of life. Children are particularly vulnerable to bites and attacks from dogs; if small child or toddler were the victim of a dog bite, it would be much more likely to result in injuries to the head than if the victim were an adult. A medium sized dog can easily outweigh a child and leave them helpless in the event of an attack.

Dog and other animal bites are, in general, unlikely to be fatal. However, animal bites and other attacks can cause both physical and psychological trauma.

Making your claim

If you have sustained an injury as a result of an animal attack in the last 3 years, the owner of the animal could be liable to pay you compensation.

In order to assist your personal injury solicitor in making a claim for an injury caused by an animal attack, you need to:

  • Report it to the police immediately
  • Take photographs of the injury
  • Obtain details of witnesses, if any
  • Find the name and address of the animal owner and whether the animal has a history of attacks

Any costs which you have incurred as a result of your injury should be documented and receipts kept. This may be for replacement clothing, prescription medication, transport to and from the hospital, medical fees such as plastic surgery and importantly loss of earnings.

If you have been the victim of a dog or other animal attack in the last 3 years, contact us today for a free initial consultation.