Dog attacks have become increasingly common in recent years, and in the most extreme cases can attract a lot of media attention.
Changes to the laws surrounding dog attacks are frequently under discussion, particularly in the aftermath of a particularly serious incident, for example a fatal attack on a child.
The experts at Croftons Solicitors ensure they remain fully up to date with all legislation in this area, and as such can give accurate advice on how best to proceed with a dog attack compensation claim.
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
Current laws are set out by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and indicate the circumstances under which an owner can be held liable for the actions of an animal.
As it stands, this is only the case if an attack occurs within a public place, or a private place where the dog is not permitted to be, such as a neighbour’s garden.
In the event that you are attacked by a dog in these circumstances, there is an increased likelihood that your claim will be successful. However, if you are injured in an accident at the owner’s home, they may not be held liable for this.
The Act also rules that certain breeds of dog are regarded as ‘dangerous’, and must therefore be registered by the owner.
These breeds include Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Pit Bull Terriers. If you are attacked by one of these dogs and it is discovered that the owner failed to register it, this will be of benefit to your claim.
Ask Croftons Solicitors About Your Claim
If you are injured in an attack by an out of control dog and wish to make a claim against the owner, you can contact Croftons Solicitors using our online form or by phone at 0800 2800 094.
We can assess your injuries and decide how much compensation to request on your behalf. This can include any earnings lost as a result of you having to miss work, or any medical costs associated with more serious injuries.
Our team can also assist family members in making a dog attack compensation claim if their relative is fatally injured by an animal, while there may also be a case for a criminal injury claim in cases where the dog’s owner has no pet insurance to cover your compensation.