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Legal Guide: Dog bite compensation claims

Being attacked or bitten by a dog can be a traumatic experience, even worse if a child is involved. The consequences can leave a victim with permanent physical injuries or long-term psychological damage.

Animal owners have a responsibility to keep their dog under control at all times and ensure it does not cause injury or distress to others. There is strict liability on owners under the Animals Act in the UK.

If you have suffered an injury resulting from a dog bite, an attack or being knocked over by a stray or out of control dog we may be able to help to pursue a dog bite compensation claim.

What should you do if you have suffered an injury as a result of a dog attack?

If possible identify the dog breed, type or description and the identity or address of the owner and notify the police or RSPCA .or local authority if they have an animal welfare officer. Seek medical attention for your injuries and try and identify any witnesses.

If the wounds draw blood or puncture the skin you may need a tetanus injection.

What information do I need to pursue a dog bite claim?

Most dogs that are exercised in public must wear an identifying collar or may be micro-chipped. We would with your help need to ascertain:-

  • Who does the dog belong to?
  • What is the address of the owner?
  • Did anyone see the incident happen, if so obtain their details as a witness
  • Take photographs of your injury along with any damage to clothing etc.
  • Attempt to find out if the owner has details of their household and/or pet insurance or owns their own home.

If you are unsure about any of this or need help one of our expert lawyers will be able to advice you about bringing a claim for compensation as a result of a dog attack or dog bite.

Attacks at work or other premises not in a public place

If your job requires you to visit people’s private property it can lead to a higher risk of being bitten by a dog. It may not always be safe to enter the premises. If in doubt it is better to be cautious especially if there are warning signs of lose dogs or guard dogs. This may affect you in certain occupations which could include:-

  • Postal workers
  • Meter readers
  • Builders and other trades
  • Police officers or other emergency services

Contact us for advise on a no obligation no win no fee basis on 01483 408 780 or email

Please note that these guides are for informational purposes only, and do not constitute legal advice. You can contact one of our expert consultant lawyers using the form below.