Dog bite claim – information and advice

If you have been injured in a dog bite attack, the dog owner or person in control of the dog at the time may be liable to pay compensation for the personal injury.

Some dogs are unpredictable and can be extremely violent for no apparent reason. When people are the victim of this aggression, the consequences can be horrific. Not only can a dog bite inflict terrible wounds, but it can also cause both infection and psychological trauma.

Most commonly dog bites happen whilst walking or cycling. If you have been injured in a dog bite, we can help you make a claim against the dog owner’s insurance company or under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
Most home owners don’t have cover for their dogs under their household insurance policy. If a claim can’t be made under the dog owner’s insurance company, we can assist you in claiming under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Call us now on 0800 197 32 32 for more advice about this scheme or visit

Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) 1991
In 1990 and 1991 there was a rapid rise in the number of UK newspapers reporting dog attacks. As a result, in 1991 the Government introduced a new piece of legislation, the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The legislation stipulated that owners of certain breeds of dog (Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero) had to meet strict requirements. These included keeping the dog muzzled and on a lead at all times in a public place, registering their dog on the Index of Exempted Breeds, and getting them micro-chipped, tattooed and insured.

Under the legislation, any injury caused by these exempted breeds will lead to compensation being payable even if the dog showed no previous signs of aggression.

Guard dogs
The law differs for guard dogs in a number of ways. It is illegal for a guard dog to be active in any premises unless a handler capable of control is also in attendance on the premises. The only exception to this is when the animal is secured and that it is not at liberty to go freely around the premises.

Using guard dogs is illegal unless a clear and visible warning sign is displayed at the entrance to the premises.

More about dog bite claims

  • Dog bite accident

  • Dog bite treatment

  • Dogs that bite

How we can help
Our personal injury solicitors are experienced in dealing with all types of accidents caused by animals including:

  • Car accidents caused by stray animals

  • Animal bites

Our solicitors have the resources available to help establish the facts needed for a claim to be successful. More about our personal injury solicitors

No win no fee service
There’s no risk when it comes to making a claim with us, as our expert solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis. This means that in the event your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t face any legal fees. That’s what no win, no fee is all about. More about our no win, no fee policy

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Want to know more about dog bite accident claims and related issues? Contact us now on 0800 197 32 32 or complete the claim assessment form opposite and we’ll get back to you.


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