Dog Bite Claims

With offices in Portsmouth and Southampton we help people bring dog bite claims for personal injury for people across the UK

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Every year thousands of people are bitten or attacked by dogs and the number of dog bite claims are rising. Dog attacks can be traumatic and can not only leave physical scars but psychological ones too.

If you are injured by a dog, you may be entitled to make a dog bite claim.

There has been much publicity about certain breeds of dogs attacking people, but it is important to remember that any dog can bite or attack a person.

Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks and are more likely to incur a serious injury – if your child has been injured in a dog attack, see our ‘Accidents involving children’ page.

For dog bite claims to be successful in the majority of cases, there needs to be evidence that the owner or handler of the dog was aware, or ought to be aware, that the dog was likely to bite if it was not controlled or restrained properly.

If a dog has attacked or shown aggressive tendencies before, it is more likely that dog bite claims will be successful.

What to do if you have been bitten by a dog

• Seek medical attention
• Contact the police, keeping the details of who you speak to and any crime reference number
• Try to get the name and the address of the dog owner
• Obtain the contact details for any witnesses
• Take photos of injuries or scars the dog has caused you
• Enquire with other people in the area if the dog has attacked before
• Contact the local dog warden and council
• Contact Swain & Co’s personal injury claim solicitors

 Making dog bite claims

If you are injured in a dog attack you may be entitled to bring a dog attack claim on a no win no fee basis.

Most dog owners have home insurance or pet specific insurance, and the claim may be made with that insurance company.

If you have suffered a dog attack in the last three years, or a child has before their 21st birthday, you may be eligible to make a dog bite claim.

We offer you free initial advice so call us for free


Above information applies to law and procedures in England and Wales only