If you have been attacked by an animal, you may be able to make a claim

Unfortunately animal attacks can happen and can cause severe injuries. Animal attacks are uncommon and the more frequent animal attacks are from ‘man’s best friend’ a dog, which can make them a threat to the public.

Statistics provided by the NHS show that dog attacks have risen by 40% and in 2008-2012, 3,800 people were attacked each year. This can be worrying for the public as 43% of households own a dog increasing the risks of being attacked.

If you have suffered personal injury due to an animal attack please do not hesitate to contact Broad Yorkshire Law.

If you have been attacked by a dog which is already known for being a threat to the public or dangerous, your compensation claim could be a lot easier as suitable precautions have clearly not been taken by the owner to prevent such an attack. As such, the owner of the dog could be negligent and therefore, liable for any injuries caused by their pet.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was produced in order to protect the public from dangerous dogs which include:

  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Fila Brasileiro

These particular dogs have to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public, they must be registered and insured, neutered, tattooed and receive microchip implants.

If any of these dogs cause injury to anyone from the public, a successful compensation claim is likely to be made and payable even if the dog has no previous history or signs of aggression.

It is important that the dog is covered by a policy of insurance which will cover an attack. If not, a claim against the actual owner personally can be looked into. A claim against the owner will of course be much more complex and will depend upon the owner’s assets at the time of the attack.

A claim against any other type of dog can also be made as they do not need to be registered under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in order to be responsible for any injury caused.

If you ever suffer injury due to a dog attack or any other animal attack you should always report it to the police. You could possibly be one of many who have suffered from an attack by that particular dog and by informing the police you are making the police authority aware of a potentially dangerous animal. The police are then obliged to take safety measures to keep the public safe in order to prevent the dog from attacking again.

Making a Dog Bite Claim

If you believe you are eligible to make a claim after suffering from personal injury due to an animal attack you will need to get:

  • The pet owners details including their name and address
  • When you report the accident to the police you will need the incident number and police station details.
  • You will need information about the dog including whether or not the dog is covered by insurance. This would normally be investigated by the police, but we could also look into this for you.