Dog Bite Claims
Being attacked and bitten by a dog can be a terrifying, psychological, traumatic experience that can result in very serious injury. Dog owners have a responsibility to protect others from being attacked by their dog in public places. If you have been bitten by a dog as a result of the negligence of its owner you may be able to make a claim for the injuries you suffered.
Recently there has been an increase in the number of dog bite cases due to the aggressive behaviour of certain breeds of dogs which can sometimes be the fault of its owner. If you’ve been attacked by a dog then you may be able to make a claim against the dog’s owner or the person in control of the dog at the time.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced due to the rising number of serious dog attacks. Under the 1991 Act (and as amended in 1997) certain breeds of dogs have to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public, they must be registered and insured, neutered, tattooed and receive microchip implants. Four breeds in particular were identified as being dangerous:
• Pit Bull Terrier
• Japanese Tosa
• Dogo Argentino
• Fila Brasileiro
The law surrounding dog bites is complex and therefore it is important that you obtain specialist legal advice. Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have successfully claimed compensation for several clients whom were injured after they were attacked by a dog.