Dog bites and attacks seem to be becoming more and more frequent in the UK, and we are seeing them reported in the news often.
The amount of compensation you could receive after being bitten by a dog will depend on the extent of the injury.
For example, if you have been bitten by a dog and have received a disfiguring scar or multiple laceration scars, the compensation will be greater. If you have been bitten by a dog and have been given a noticeable scar or some small lacerations, you will receive less.
It is challenging to give an exact figure. Each person’s situation is different and will result in a different severity of the injury.
Factors such as the age of the person injured; the sex of the individual; and the location of the scar on the body may have an impact on the pay-out.
The awarded amounts can differ hugely. The amount granted for more superficial dog bites can range from less than £1,700 to £5,000. The amount awarded for the more disfiguring dog bites ranges from £5,000 to more than £15,000.
Tips to make a successful claim for a dog bite
You will need to provide evidence that the owner of the dog either knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous. If you know that the dog has attacked someone before this will be very helpful.
You should also report it to the police as soon as it happens, so there is a record of the incident. This will also enable you to find out if the dog has attacked anyone before.
Get a no win no fee lawyer on your side right away. They will be able to provide you with dog bite legal advice and assist you through the process of making a claim.
What to do if a dog attacks you
If a dog attacks you, the best thing you can do is try not to pull away, as this will only do more damage. If you try and pull away from the dog, its teeth will tear your flesh more and do further harm.
If the dog has got hold of something like a jumper you are wearing, try and pull your arm out of your jumper and take it off. Make sure you protect your face and neck by shielding them. Try and ball your hands up into fists so protect your fingers.
If you are feeling wary of a particular dog, avoid eye contact with them but make sure you can still see the dog. Back away slowly and try not to make lots of noise or run.
Making a commotion can spur the dog into action, as it will be able to see you are panicking.