Can you claim personal injury compensation after a dog bite?

According to DEFRA, a quarter of a million people in the UK are bitten by a dog and around 3,800 of them need to attend an accident and emergency department for treatment after the attack.

Children under the age of five make up the majority of these cases but as we all know the postman isn’t immune from the teeth of man’s best friend. In fact, the CWU claims that in the past 4 years, 6,000 postal workers have been attacked while out on deliveries.

In January this year, a postwoman was awarded £70,000 personal injury compensation after an attack by a German Shepherd left her scarred for life.

If you own a dog, you need to be aware that if it bites somebody, the victim might hire a personal injury solicitor who will file a claim for compensation against you.

Personal injury claims for dog bites are sometimes covered in a standard household insurance policy but it could be worth checking to make sure your cover is sufficient or else you could face a hefty bill if a claim is made against you.

Victims of dog bites should note that it is not an easy matter to win personal injury compensation in these cases as certain criteria have to be met. For example, you need to prove that the dog has aggressive tendencies or that it has bitten somebody before. For that reason it’s important to get advice from an injury solicitor before you proceed with your claim. Claims for compensation from animal bites can sometimes be fought on a no win no fee basis.

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