Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make a no win no fee Dog Bite Compensation Claim if the injury occurred as a result of someone else’s negligence.
The Dogs Act was first introduced in 1871 – and making a dog bite compensation claim can be complex because dog bite attacks can be covered by different pieces of legislation:
The proposed Dog Control Bill is set to make dog bites and dog attacks on private property a criminal offence.
Dog Bites/Dog Attacks in Public Places:
Dogs out of control in parks or public places should be reported to a park warden or the police if they appear dangerous and unsupervised or are in a pack.
Dog Bites/Dog Attacks on private property:
Report any dog bite attacks in public places to the police and seek medical help – remember to take the contact details of the dog’s owner if possible, as well as the contact details of any witnesses.
Take a photo of the dog if possible – especially if the owner will not leave their contact details or the dog is unaccompanied.
Take photos of any injuries or damage to property/clothing to back up your claim – and keep a record of out-of-pocket expense like transport to hospital.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a dog bite compensation claim as soon as possible.
Dog bite or dog attack injuries you can claim for include:
Fatal Injuries sustained in dog bite attacks are eligible for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and a no win no fee claim in the civil courts can also be made.
Sadly, children have been severely injured and even killed in dog attacks, leaving families devastated.
Families can claim for Children’s Injuries from dog bites or dog attacks, including the tragic loss of a child in a dog attack.
A claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme can be made if the dog bite attack happened in a public place – and Duncan Lewis can also guide families through the process of making a no win no fee claim for children’s injuries in dog bite attacks on private property.
Claims for Dog Bite Compensation fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the dog bite injury to make a claim for compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however – and minors have three years from the age of 18 to make a claim.
In the case of Criminal Injuries as a result of dog bites and dog attacks, claimants have two years to make a claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you wish to make a dog bite compensation claim.
Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one has been badly injured in a dog attack and is still recovering in hospital, or has been fatally injured.
Claims for Dog Bite Compensation include:
The owner of the dog which attacked pays dog bite compensation – usually through pet insurance.
In the case of criminal prosecutions for dog bites and dog attacks, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme would pay claims.
If you are bitten by a dog in the course of your work, your employer’s insurance company might pay your compensation.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Most dog bite compensation claims are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in personal injury cases, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Compensation paid to minors for dog bite or dog attack injuries has to be approved at an Infant Settlement Hearing at the local County Court – the child and their “Litigation Friend” (usually a parent or guardian) have to attend this hearing.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury claims.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a dog bite compensation claim by calling 020 7923 4020.