Dog Bite Claims*
Animal attacks are a common occurrence. In order to determine the outcome of an animal attack claim, a number of factors must be taken into account. The most common of animal attack claims are, not surprisingly, dog bites. Suffering a personal injury* as a result of a dog bite can be a traumatic experience. It can cause irreversible psychological damage to the victim of the dog bite.
When there is a child involved the situation can become elevated. Most children will jump at the chance to pet, pull out of and play with any dog they see. Remember that all dogs are capable of biting. It is important that as parents that we teach our children how to behave responsibly around dogs.
Some 50% of people have been bitten by a dog by the age of 12. Most of these people are bitten by a dog that they know.
If you or your child has suffered a personal injury * due to a dog bite as a result of the negligence of its owner then you may be entitled to move forward with a dog bite claim. Your first priority, of course, is to ensure that you or your child seek medical attention immediately as you may need a tetanus injection.
Making a claim
Once medical treatment has been administered in order to make a claim it is advisable to obtain the following details where possible:-
- Contact details of the dog owner.
- Detail out how the accident happened.
- Photographs and CCTV footage in the area.
It is also important that the matter is reported to the Gardaí. This is particularly important if the dog is one who should be muzzled in public.
Once you have obtained these details and reported the incident to the Gardaí you will need to speak to a solicitor immediate to determine if you have a pursuable dog bite claim.
In order to determine whether you have a statable claim the following criteria will need to be met:
1. You suffered a personal injury * and needed medical attention. Your account of the animal account, medical bills etc. should prove this.
2. You need to demonstrate the injury occurred as a result of the negligence of the owner of the dog. For example, the owner is in breach of the Control of Dogs Act 1986 and as a result, a personal injury * occurred, another example would be that the dog should have been muzzled and it wasn’t.
This is a difficult question answer as the amount of compensation awarded for a dog bite will depend on the circumstances of the incident, the severity and effects (long/short term effects) of the dog bite injury and whether or not there are any psychological damages to take into account. Once you have obtained all the information about the animal attack, speaking with a solicitor that has experience in dog bite compensation claims is your best option. In the meantime, you can check out our compensation claims estimator for more information on case settlement calculations.