Dog Bite Claims*
Animal attacks are a common occurrence and 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 bite claims. Suffering a personal injury* as a result of a dog bite is a traumatic experience and cause irreversible psychological damage to the victim of the dog bite.
When there is a child involved it is an even scarier situation, 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 and so it is important that as parents that we teach our children how to behave responsibly around dogs. A useful resource on child safety around dogs can be on the DSPCA website here: http://www.dspca.ie/ChildSafetyaroundDogs
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 dog bite compensation 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.
What information is required for a dog bite claim?
Once medical treatment has been administered in order to make a dog bite 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 – particularly 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 claim for dog bite compensation.
How do I know if I have a case for dog bite compensation?
In order to determine whether you have a claim for dog bite compensation 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 dog bite 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.
How much compensation will a court award for a dog bite?
This is a difficult question answer as the amount of compensation claimed 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.
For more information on dog bite claims, or how you can claim compensation* feel free to phone Elaine Hickey from Tracey Solicitors on 01-6499900 for a confidential chat.