How To Lodge a Dog Attack Claim - When Can You Claim?
Dog attacks can be frightening experiences that often lead to serious physical or psychological injuries. If you have suffered a dog bite or injury, it’s essential you receive appropriate medical treatment immediately after the attack.
In some cases, the owner of the attacking dog can be held liable. The kind of compensation owed to the victim and whether the owner is fined or prosecuted for an offence depends on the circumstances of the attack.
When Can You Make a Dog Attack Claim?
If you have suffered from a dog attack, you may be eligible for compensation depending on a variety of factors. First, you need to demonstrate that the owner of the dog owed you a duty of care and it was breached.
An example of a breach is that the dog should have been restrained but was not (e.g. the gate restricting a dog was left open). In some cases, the dog owner is not liable for an attack, including if the dog:
- was being teased, abused or assaulted prior to attacking
- attacks because a person they know was being attacked
- attacks someone trespassing on the property where they are kept
The penalties a dog owner faces can range from a fine to a prison sentence of up to 10 years if the attack results in death and involved a restricted breed of dog. If the dog was with someone other than the owner during an attack, both that person and the owner can be held liable.
Making a Claim
You may be compensated for all of your physical and psychological injuries and losses, including past and future costs resulting from the dog attack. This includes medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses, loss of earnings, home nursing and, in some cases, pain and suffering.
The amount of compensation awarded depends on the severity of your injuries, your losses, how much care you need, your age and how much money you have paid and will pay out of your pocket. Your compensation lawyers will work in consultation with a doctor to determine the impact your injuries will have on your future work and quality of life.
If the dog owner is not prosecuted or fined, you may still make a claim against them for damages resulting from their negligence in failing to control their dog. This can be difficult as a successful claim requires you to demonstrate that the owner was aware of a potential risk their dog would attack.
Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been attacked by a dog and believe you are eligible for compensation, you should speak to an experienced compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Time limits apply to making a compensation claim.
A serious dog attack can place a detrimental personal and financial burden on your life. Our lawyers will help alleviate the stress and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We offer a “no win, no fee” service, meaning you don’t have to be worried about paying legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.
Get in touch with our team today on (07) 3171 9313 or contact us online.