Dog Bite Compensation Claims
Dog owners are legally obligated to make sure their dogs don’t hurt people. The GOV.UK website states: “It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere.”
If someone else’s dog has bitten or attacked you in a public place or on private property, you might be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Dangerous Dogs and the Law
The law is very strict with regards to dog ownership, as dogs can cause serious harm to people and other animals if not properly trained or controlled.
An owner who allows their dog to become out of control in public can be fined up to £20,000 and could also be imprisoned for up to six months. If a dog wounds or kills a person or another animal, its owner can be fined a higher figure and can be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
Despite this, dog attacks result in over 6,000 hospital admissions every year in the UK.
Am I Entitled to Make a Claim?
Until quite recently, you could only make a claim if you were attacked in public or on private property that wasn’t the dog owner’s property. Now, thanks to law changes in 2013, you can make a claim if you (or your child) are attacked by a dog anywhere – even on its owner’s property.
Contact Sheldon Davidson Solicitors for Advice
Of course, most dog owners are responsible and conscientious – but some aren’t.
Even though the law is now the most stringent it has ever been with regards to dangerous dogs, not all dog-attack cases are clear-cut.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have years of experience in dog bite cases and regularly put together strong personal injury claims on behalf of victims. Call us on 0333 999 8800 to discuss your claim, or fill in our claim form at the top of the page.