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Following a successful claim by a postal worker after being bitten by two dogs, Rachel Holt discusses what you should do if you have been injured as a result of a dog attack.

Personal injury claims relating to dog bites are certainly on the rise and as reported by Dog Fence, attacks have risen by a staggering 76% in the UK over the last ten years.

If you are injured as a result of being bitten or attacked by a dog, then our specialist solicitors can provide help and advice to assist you in making a claim for compensation.

The law relating to dog bites

Under the Animals (Scotland) Act 1987 strict liability is imposed upon the owner of an animal, if that animal should cause injury or damage if:

  • At the time of the injury or damage complained of, he was the keeper of the animal;
  • The animal belongs to a species whose members generally are by virtue of their physical attributes or habits likely (unless controlled or restrained) to injure severely or kill persons or animals, or damage property to a material extent; and
  • The injury or damage complained of is directly referable to such physical attributes or habits.

If the Act applies, then the owner of the dog in question will be liable to pay compensation to you for any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of the incident.

What should I do if I have been injured by a dog?

If you have been injured by a dog, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible as well as reporting the incident to the police. It is also helpful retain the following information:

  • Photographs of your injuries
  • Contact details for the owner of the dog in question
  • Contact details for any witnesses
  • A description of the dog who attacked you 

What can I claim for?

We can help recover compensation for injuries, loss of income, assistance, care and any damaged clothing or jewellery.

If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, and wish to seek a claim for compensation, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss the matter on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away. 

 

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