Dogs that bite

During 1990 there was a marked increase in the number of dog bite attacks. This lead to the introduction in 1991 of the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) which brought in new legislation to protect people from dogs that bite.

Under section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA), there are four types of dog which are prohibited or have to meet strict requirements. These are:

Other types of dog
Under the terms of the DDA the type of prohibited dog covers not just ‘pure’ but also any particular cross of the prohibited breed. The important issue is whether or not the dog has the physical and behavioural characteristics of the prohibited dogs.

For example, Pit Bull Terriers are also known as Irish Staffordshire Bull, Old Fashioned Staffords, or Traditional Staffords.

Exemptions from this legislation
Prior to the DDA coming into force, owners of the above dogs could claim exemption from its banning provisions. This involved entering their dogs’ details onto the Index of Exempted Dogs and the issue of certificates of exemption.

For there to be exemption today, dogs have to be neutered, tattooed, and micro-chipped, and have to be on a lead and muzzled when in public. These dogs must also be insured against injuring third parties.

How we can help if you are injured by a dog that bites
If you have been injured in an unprovoked dog attack you may be entitled to compensation. We deal with all types of personal injury claims including non-fault injuries resulting from car accidents, work accidents, industrial illnesses and other types of accident. Our personal injury solicitors have an advanced understanding of the Dangerous Dogs Act (as amended in 1997) and can help ensure you receive the maximum compensation award. More about our personal injury solicitors

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Don’t worry about the cost of making a compensation claim. We work on a no win, no fee basis. What this means is that, in the event your case is not successful, you won’t be charged a penny. This means that making a claim is a completely risk-free process, which lets you focus on getting better, not worrying about money. More about our no win, no fee policy

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If you would like to speak to someone about making a claim for dog bite compensation or want more information about dogs that bite, call us now on 0800 197 32 32 or complete the claim assessment form opposite and we’ll get back in touch with you.


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