Getting bitten by a dog is not only a traumatic and often frightening experience, but can leave you with injuries such as cuts and lacerations. Depending on where the dog has bitten you, possible tendon damage can occur and, in the most severe bitten by a dog injury compensation claims, dogs have been known to cause fatalities.
Claims for bitten by dog injury compensation can be filed under the 1986 Control of Dogs Act where the owner of the dog has failed to control or supervise his animal and young children under five years of age are more likely to be bitten by a dog than any other age group. This is accounted for by the fact that they have not yet developed the skills to identify when a dog is dangerous, and the most common injury to any child is a bite to the face.
Any subsequent bitten by dog injury compensation claim may have to include the costs of plastic surgery to remove the scars caused by a vicious attack and, because of the risk of infection from a dog bite, it is essential when making a bitten by dog injury compensation claim that you (or your child) have been treated by a qualified medical practitioner before talking to a solicitor.
Making a Bitten By Dog Injury Compensation Claim
- Identify dog owner (no dog owners means nobody to sue)
- Verify the dog owner has dog owner’s insurance or is covered by a household policy (no insurance usually means no compensation)
- Ensure you have medical records for your physical injuries (no actual injuries means no compensation)
- Have the names of any witnesses available for your solicitor
There are many reasons why using a solicitor when making a bitten by dog injury compensation claim is always your best option. One of the main considerations is that the owner of the dog is likely to deny responsibility for the injuries, or claim that the dog was provoked into attacking. Furthermore, when a child is involved in a claim for bitten by dog injury compensation, there are likely to be excessive special damages that can be claimed for in respect of psychological trauma and ongoing nightmares.
Adults too may need reconstructive surgery on facial scars caused by a dog bite, or ongoing physical therapy should the bite have damaged tendons. Even though claims for bitten by dog injury compensation are initially submitted through the Injuries Board Ireland, similar to any other personal injury claim, it is very likely that compensation will be settled by negotiation, and in the event of a child being the plaintiff in such a claim, any agreement of compensation will have to be approved by a court before payment can be made.
Free Bitten By Dog Injury Claim Advice
If you or a child has been injured by a dog bite, and would like to know if you are entitled to make a bitten by dog injury compensation claim, you are invited to call our free bitten by dog injury claim advice service on 1800 911 940. This will enable you to discuss the circumstances surrounding your injury – or that of your child – with an experienced solicitor, and receive practical and helpful advice.
Our lines are open from 8.00am until 10.00pm seven days a week, and all calls to our free bitten by dog injury claim advice service are completely confidential. Kindly note that you are under no obligation to proceed with a bitten by dog injury compensation claim, and no pressure will be placed on you to do so.
Call us now on 1800 911 940 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What to Expect When You Call
We have been providing advice for clients for more than twenty years, and appreciate how distressing an injury caused by a dog can be. Long after the physical evidence of a dog bite has gone, the psychological trauma may well live on – especially with a child – and we will listen carefully as you explain to us how the injury was sustained.
We would like to know the circumstances of the attack, what injuries were sustained and how they were treated. It is also important for us to know about the after-effects of the attack, if any further treatment is required or has been recommended, and what impact it has made to your quality of life or that of your child.
Wherever possible, we will try to establish that you have a bitten by dog injury compensation claim that it is worth your while to pursue. If this is the case, we will advise you on the necessary procedures to maximise the value of your bitten by dog injury compensation and how long the whole process should take.
You are of course welcome to ask any questions that you believe are relevant to a bitten by dog injury compensation claim, and we will do our best to answer them clearly for you. Quite often, questions that you think may be silly provide further information which helps when compiling the strongest possible claim for bitten by dog injury compensation.
Before we conclude each initial call to our free bitten by dog injury claim service, we summarise what we have discussed and provide you with a list of options for your consideration. You are under no obligation to act on our suggestions, and many clients have found it useful to discuss the advice we have given them with family before proceeding with a claim for bitten by dog compensation.
Your next step should be to speak with a solicitor on 1800 911 940. If it is inconvenient for you to call right away, bookmark this page, or leave your contact details in the call-back form at the foot of the page, and one of our experienced personal injury claims solicitors will get back in touch with you.