As a nation we are, on the whole, dog lovers and who wouldn’t be as so many of our canine friends are wonderful companions and support. Unfortunately, and thankfully infrequently, there are attacks on individuals by dogs and often these individuals tend to be children, although that is not always the case.
If you are a dog owner we advise you very strongly to obtain pet insurance such that if any such event were ever to unfortunately occur and a claim were to be made against you, insurers would deal with it for you. They would deal with liaising with the Claimant, any legal costs involved and the payment of any award so you need not worry and would not be adversely financially affected. Pet insurance is actually very reasonable and will give you peace of mind, like any insurance.
But what if you are the victim of some sort of canine attack? What can you do? Well, report the matter to the Police or to the local Council depending on the severity and that may well result in action against the owner although it will not result in any practical benefit or compensation for you.
You can also bring a civil claim for compensation and to do that you need a lawyer who is experienced in claims of this sort. Attacks like this can be very traumatic and it is vital your lawyer understands how to deal with that, especially also if a child is involved. There could be nasty physical injuries with the complications of long-term scarring and expert evidence will be required to deal with any treatment options to improve scarring in the medium and longer term.
These types of claims are not straightforward and must be handled by an appropriate expert. No amount of compensation can make up for being involved in an incident of this sort but compensation can provide practical benefit for cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of scarring and for psychological treatment to assist with the psychological trauma which may have been caused.
If you or anyone you know has been involved in an assault of this sort, we can make the process as painless as possible and try to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Contact email@example.com here in the office or our office number 01566 772375 if you need legal advice regarding an incident involving dogs or another animal. We’ll be happy to explore your options with you.