How To Claim Compensation For A Dog Bite Or Dog Attack? – Online Dog Bite Claims Guide – How Much Can I Claim?

By Marianne Fray. Last Updated 14th March 2022. Welcome to this guide, which explains dog bite claims in depth. We explore the question of ‘how much can I claim for a dog bite’ and discuss dog bite law in the UK, what could lead to dog bite compensation claims, and how a dog bite compensation calculator for UK claims might not always give you an accurate idea of how much you could claim.

Wherever you go in the UK, and at whatever time of day, you’ll see somebody out walking their dog. Unfortunately, in some very rare cases, a dog can become aggressive and bite, scratch or cause injuries without any provocation.

Helping You Claim Dog Bite Compensation

If this has happened to you then you could make a claim for dog bite compensation by contacting Advice today on 0161 696 9685 – we’ve got a team of specially trained staff who can begin the claim process with you right away.

If you’d like to know more, before starting a claim, then carry on reading this useful guide.

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A Guide To Dog Bite Compensation Claims

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Dog Bite Compensation Claims Guide

As much as dogs are generally very friendly pets, there is a small potential that they can cause injuries to people.  It could be a playful injury or a direct attack by the dog; whichever it is, you may be eligible for dog bite compensation if you were an innocent bystander who was injured by a dog.

Some dog bites can be very serious and cause extreme pain as well as causing ongoing psychological issues which means it is only right that you should seek compensation for any dog bites if they weren’t your fault.

This guide will provide information about what to do in the event of a dog attack, what sort of compensation you might receive, what diseases can be contracted following a dog bite, how to claim on behalf of a family member and how No Win No Fee claims can be lodged.

If after reading the guide, you still have questions, please give our team a call and we’ll provide free legal advice about what your next steps should be with no obligation.

Dog Bite And Dog Attack Personal Injury Compensation Calculator

Every compensation claim is unique and the injuries sustained affect different people in various ways, so it’s impossible to calculate the full amount of compensation without understanding all of the relevant details.

In the next section, we cover all of the different parts of the claim that can be made including general damages, which is the part of the claim for pain and suffering.

The table below outlines the ranges of dog bite compensation for different types of injury, remember though that this is just one part of any claim:

Type of InjuryHow SevereCompensationNotes
Psychiatric Damage Moderate£5,500 to £17,900There may be issues with work, education and social life but there will have been a marked improvement by the trial date and the prognosis will be positive.
HandModerate£5,260 to £12,460
Including penetrating wound, lacerations and soft tissue damage and results in some sort of permanent disability.
FootModestUp to £12,900This could include ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds, metatarsal fractures and similar injuries.
LegLess Serious (iii)£8,550 to £13,210Simple fracture of a femur with no articular surface damage.
Facial DisfigurementVery Severe Scarring£27,940 to £91,350In relatively young claimants. The cosmetic effect is very disfiguring and the psychiatric reaction will be severe.
Facial DisfigurementLess Severe Scarring£16,860 to £45,440The disfigurement leads to a significant psychological reaction.
Facial DisfigurementTrivial£1,600 to £3,310Very minor scarring with no lasting psychological impact.

What Can My Dog Attack Or Dog Bite Compensation Claim Include?

As mentioned above, a personal injury claim can be made up of various different elements. This includes:

Dog Bite Compensation Calculator UK – General Damages

This is compensation that is paid for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by the injuries suffered. It is defined in ranges from minor to severe (see the table above) and your personal injury solicitor needs to demonstrate the exact severity of your injuries to ensure the correct amount of compensation is awarded.

For an accurate assessment of how much you should receive in general damages, you will attend a medical appointment. A medical professional will assess the severity of your injuries, and how they may continue to affect you in the future. This will be key evidence for your claim.

If you hire a solicitor, they can help organise this appointment for you in your local area, reducing the time and money you spend on travel.

Dog Bite Compensation Calculator UK – Special Damages

This part of the compensation claim is actually more straightforward as it is for the tangible, out of pocket, expense incurred because of the accident.  This could include:

How Much Could I Claim For A Dog Bite – Loss of Income

If you need to take time off from work to recover from your injuries, then you can claim for any lost earnings. If your injuries are so severe that you have to stop working or change jobs, then you can look to claim for future loss of earnings as well.

How Much Could I Claim For A Dog Bite – Any Travel Expenditure

If you are unable to drive or have to change your usual travel arrangements for any period of time, because of your injuries, you could claim back any associated increase in costs. This could include using public transport or having to hire a different type of vehicle.

How Much Could I Claim For A Dog Bite – Prescription Costs

While you’re recovering, you may incur medical expenses such as prescription costs which you can claim back, providing they are directly related to your injuries. There may also be cases where NHS services aren’t suitable to help your recovery, so the costs of private healthcare may be claimed back.

How Much Could I Claim For A Dog Bite – Replacement of Damaged Personal Property

If, during the dog attack, any of your personal property is damaged, such as clothing, mobile phone or glasses, you can look to claim the cost of replacement or repair for the items.

What Are The Most Common Types Of Dog Bite Or Dog Attack

What is a dog bite/attack injury?

Quite simply, any injury that you sustain because a dog attacked you or bit you, which was caused by the owner’s negligence. If the owner wasn’t negligent for the harm you sustained, you would not be able to seek dog bite compensation for your injuries.

The most common dog bites or attacks

As you’d expect, the most common injuries sustained during a dog attack can include:

Some injuries can be caused by falling because of the attack rather than the dog bite but can still be claimed as part of your compensation request. Some of the injuries listed can have long term consequences and may require long term treatment such as plastic surgery to help resolve them.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Attacked By A Dog?

If you are unfortunate enough to be attacked, then there are a number of things you can do to make claiming for dog bite compensation much easier:

  • First and foremost, you should seek medical treatment from a doctor or by visiting a hospital. This is essential to make sure you are treated fully and also so that medical records are made which show the immediate extent of your injuries.
  • Ask the dog owner for their contact details including name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • Photograph the scene of the attack and also photograph the injuries you sustained during it.
  • Ask that any witnesses write down what they saw and include their contact details.
  • Make a note yourself of what happened, including the date, time and location as it can be quite easy to forget specific details after the event.
  • You may want to inform the police as well at the time of the accident if you believe a criminal act has occurred or that anybody else is at risk.

These steps won’t guarantee that your dog attack claim will be successful but they will certainly increase the chances greatly.

Which Breeds Of Dog Are Banned Or Considered Dangerous In The UK According To Dog Bite Law In The UK

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 makes it illegal to own certain breeds of dogs in the UK. It is a criminal act to own any dog that is on the list and if you’re bitten by an illegal dog then claiming compensation should definitely be considered.

The dogs currently on the banned list are:

  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Dogo Argentino

If you believe the dog that attacked you is one on the banned list, then you should inform the police who may take it away from the owner.

Dog Bite Law In The UK -What Is The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act And How Does This Relate To Compensation Claims?

As mentioned previously, the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans the ownership of 4 breeds of dogs (or dogs that are closely similar to them). It also prevents the trade, breeding and exchange of these dogs.

With regards to dog bite compensation claims, the chances of compensation could be increased if the dog is on the banned list.

What Is The Law On Dog Bites And Dog Attacks?

UK law makes dog owners responsible for their pets and for keeping them under control at all times. Dogs should be registered and ensure that it doesn’t create a nuisance in any location.

The owner becomes responsible for any attack that the dog carries out and may be prosecuted by the police if they deem a criminal act has occurred.

Claiming Compensation After Being Bitten By A Banned Or Dangerous Dog

We use specialist personal injury solicitors to help with any compensation claims we take on and when somebody has been bitten by a dog on the banned list then the owner of the dog has automatically been negligent (one of the criteria for making a successful claim) as they’ve owned a dog that is banned. This also means that, by owning such a dog, they have broken the law and are very likely to be prosecuted.

Who Do I Make A Dog Bite Compensation Claim Against?

In most cases, dog bite compensation claims are made against the owner of the dog, whether it is a banned breed or not. As it is their dog, the law states that any attack is their responsibility.

Other situations can be where a dog has bitten you in your workplace (you may work in an environment where dog interaction is common), in which case the claim would probably be made against your employer.

If you’re in any doubt about how to make a compensation claim, then you should call one of our specially trained advisers who will be able to assess your claim and work out who the claim should be made against.

Can I Claim Compensation On Behalf Of My Child Bitten By A Dog?

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As with other personal injury claims, a responsible adult, parent or guardian can claim for a dog attack against their child so long as the claim begins before the minor turns 18. This is allowed because children obviously are unable to begin legal claims themselves, but you can let them make the claim later on as if you decide not to make a claim yourself, then the child can still make a claim within 3 years of their 18th birthday.

Can I Claim On Behalf Of A Family Member Attacked By A Dangerous Dog?

Under UK law, it is possible for a friend, parent, relative or other responsible adult to become a litigation friend to help somebody make a compensation claim for a dog bite or other injuries if the injured party doesn’t have the mental capacity to do this themselves. This could also happen if their injuries are so severe that they don’t have the ability to begin their own claim within the allowed time limits.

Advice can aid with the process of becoming a litigation friend, so if you would like to proceed down this route then please get in touch and let us know the situation.

Can You Claim Compensation If You Were Attacked Or Bitten By A Stray Dog?

As you’d expect, claiming for a bite from a stray dog can be tricky but it may be possible. Firstly, it may be possible to trace the owner of the dog which would make claiming easier (speak with the dog warden about microchip or other identification if the dog was captured).

You could also ask locally if any witnesses recognize the dog or know which areas it’s been seen in recently.

Other avenues may be possible if the attack happened on business premises or an area managed by the local authorities, but can still be complex so please get in touch so that we can assess your options with you, for free.

Can I Claim Compensation If I Suffered Tetanus Because Of A Dog Bite Or Attack?

In short, yes. You are able to make a claim for any injuries caused by a dog bite that wasn’t your fault. This could include hand injuries, leg injury and permanent scar injuries. It could also include diseases such as tetanus. According to the NHS guide on tetanus, the symptoms could include:

  • A stiff jaw, making it difficult to open your mouth fully.
  • A high temperature above 38C
  • A raised heartbeat
  • Sweatiness
  • Muscle spasms

If you suspect tetanus, speak with a doctor immediately and then call Advice to discuss your claim.

Can I Claim For Being Attacked And Bitten By A Dog At Work?

If you’re bitten by a dog that you’ve encountered because of your work then you could make an accident at work claim against your employer.

If the attack wasn’t something your employer could’ve expected to happen or mitigated for, then the claim may be against the dog’s owner as with other claims.

To be sure, call our team for free legal advice on how your claim should be made.

My Dog Attacked Someone And I Don’t Have Insurance, What Do I Do?

If you’re in the unfortunate position of having no insurance and your dog has bitten somebody, then please get in touch so that we can offer advice on what you should do.

How Do I Make A Dog Bite Compensation Claim?

The best advice here is to call our team of specially trained advisers.  We have many years of experience in making personal injury claims so you can call up on our expertise, ask any questions you may have and let us assess the chances that your claim will be successful.

We’ll guide you through the claim process and ensure you fully understand all of the options available to you. We offer all clients a free initial consultation before linking you to a No Win No Fee solicitor if we believe you have a good chance of winning compensation.

It is important to note that any claim for dog bite compensation must be made within a 3 year time limitation period from the date of the attack, otherwise the claim will automatically be rejected.

No Win No Fee Dog Bite Or Dog Attack Compensation Claims

When you begin a personal injury claim, you have 2 choices of legal agreement to make the claim:

  1. An agreement where you pay the solicitor directly for their services and you’ll get 100% of any compensation awarded.
  2. A No Win No Fee agreement where the solicitor is paid a percentage of any compensation that they win for you (maximum 25%).

Obviously with No Win No Fee you have to pay some of the compensation to the solicitor if they win your case but, if they lose, you don’t have to pay them anything at all for their service.

However, if you choose the first option and the solicitor doesn’t win any compensation for you, you still have to pay them their full legal bill.

This is why Advice only work with No Win No Fee solicitors as we believe this is the fairest, easiest and most risk-free method of claiming compensation.

How We Can Help Victims Of A Dog Attack

When you contact Advice you’ll speak with one of our friendly and professional team who are dedicated to providing accurate and free legal advice to help you decide whether to claim or not.

They are also committed to ensuring that you receive the full amount of compensation that your injuries deserve.  When you get in touch, we’ll always follow the following process:

  • You can get in touch with a member of our team via phone on 0161 696 9685, contact form or live chat.
  • We will begin by assessing the validity and potential success of your claim.
  • Once you’re ready, we’ll connect you with a solicitor from our panel to help you start a claim.

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Remember that you are under no obligation when you contact us and we’ll work with you throughout your claim to ensure you fully understand what happens next.

Contact Our Advisors Today To Claim Dog Bite Compensation

Hopefully, now that you’ve read this guide about dog bite compensation claims, you’d like Advice to begin your claim for you.

Remember, we offer free advice for dog attacks that have happened anywhere in the UK, we only work with No Win No Fee solicitors and we are personal injury specialists that only work on injury claims.

If you’d like to contact us, then please use any of the following methods:

Remember, we’ll start with a no obligation free consultation where we’ll assess your claim and let you know if we believe it has a good chance of winning compensation or not. If so, we’ll connect you with a personal injury solicitor who works on a No Win No Fee basis.

Where To Get More Advice On Dog Bite Law In The UK

Hopefully, this guide has provided you with all of the information you require to decide if you’ll begin a claim or not.  For further information, here are some more relevant guides to help you:

NHS Animal Bites – An NHS guide on what to do in the event of a bite from animals.

Damaged Nerve Injury Claims – If you’ve suffered from a damaged nerve due to the negligence of another, read our guide to find out how to claim.

FAQ On Dog Bite Compensation

How much can I claim for a dog bite?

Your award would depend on how severe your injuries are and how they affect you. If you look at a dog bite calculator for UK claims, you might see that minor injuries bring much lower awards than those for permanently disabling injuries, for example.

Could I claim dog bite compensation if I suffer negligent medical treatment?

If you visit your doctor with a dog bite, or go to a walk-in centre you would expect them to provide you with a safe, effective standard of care. However, in some cases, medical negligence could happen, as we can see by the costs incurred by the NHS for clinical negligence in 2020-21. You can find these statistics and more at the NHS Resolution website.

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If you suffer negligent treatment by a medical professional and can prove that it has worsened your injury or made it harder to treat, causing you more pain and suffering than you would otherwise have experienced, you could be in a position to claim medical negligence compensation. We could assist with such claims.

Could I claim dog bite compensation for a child’s injury?

If someone could be held liable for your child’s dog bite injury, they wouldn’t be in a position to make their own claim until they turned 18. However, you could make child accident claims on their behalf as a litigation friend. To find out more about how to do this, please get in touch.

Hopefully, you now know enough about dog bite law in the UK to tell whether you could claim dog bite compensation. If you’re still wondering how much can I claim for a dog bite, or want to begin your dog bite claims with our help, we’d be happy to help.