By Max Morris. Last Updated 12th May 2022. Have you ever wondered what the average payout for a dog bite might be? Perhaps you were bitten at work or in the local park by a dog that was not adequately supervised or controlled. Maybe it left you with serious injuries. This article will explain how you could start a personal injury claim against a liable party if their dog bit you.
Personal injury lawyers can help to support No Win No Fee claims for injuries in the workplace, on the roads, or in public places. This guide firstly starts off by looking at the concept of a dog bite. Then moving onto how a dog bite victim may be able to pursue a case for compensation. Additionally what could be claimed for in a compensation settlement and we also examine an example case duty. We conclude, with how a No Win No Fee solicitor could benefit you. And how best to search for legal help.
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An animal attack is a terrifying experience. Suppose you received injuries from an encounter with an unattended or poorly handled dog. This article will explain how the average payout for a dog bite will not always shed the right light on how much you may receive if your case is successful. We will show you the importance of having your case valued using your own personal circumstances.
The average payout for a dog bite may not reflect your circumstances so instead of providing average payouts, we will show you how your compensation may be calculated. We look firstly at the duty of care. Who was legally responsible for your safety in that environment, and how did they breach that lawful duty? Did this breach directly result in your injuries? Once you’ve established these points, we move on to how a No Win No Fee lawyer will value your claim correctly using two types of damages. We also advise on the evidence you will need to best support your case.
Throughout the article, we provide all the relevant links to government websites and statistics to strengthen your understanding. Although a solicitor is a choice, not a necessity they have the experience to ensure that you receive the right amount of compensation.
When a person is bitten by a dog, a dog of any size it could cause serious life-changing injuries to that person. A dog bite that breaks the skin can cause serious scarring and not only cause the victim pain but also disfigurement and physiological damages. Therefore, in some areas in England and Wales, there are places covered by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) – previously called Dog Control Orders (DCOs). Dog owners must abide by these rules to protect the public.
Other law and legislation that may protect you from dog bites could include;
The Health And Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 is a law that obliges all employers to protect staff as much as they reasonably can. They could do this by providing the appropriate training, maintenance, and information to their employees to ensure that the work environment is as safe as possible. If you experienced an accident involving a dog and it resulted in injuries at work, report the accident in the logbook.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 seeks to ensure a hazard-free environment as possible in places accessible to the public. This law covers shopping malls, parks, libraries, schools, car parks, streets, and much more. In fact, anywhere that is operated by a private company or the local authority. If a dog is kept on the property that is accessible by the public the person responsible for the area could be liable if the dog attacks a member of the public.
A severe dog bite can be devastating. Apart from the shock and trauma of the incident, a security animal or a large canine can cause real damage. This could be anything from a nip to the hand to a savage mauling. Therefore, the extent of your injuries will differ in every case. Estimating the average payout for a dog bite will not reflect your personal circumstances.
A dog bite may mean you are not able to work for some time. This could mean you lose out of pay. Moreover, recovery times depend on so many factors, such as mutilation, nerve damage, or infection. The average payout for a dog bite could vary greatly.
As part of your case, your No Win No Fee lawyer will be looking for financial consequences of your injuries that can be included as ‘special damages’. We discuss them in detail further on but basically; special damages seek to restore your finances to where they were before the no-fault accident turned your life upside-down.
Dogs can attack for a number of different reasons. They may have been trained to attack such as security dogs. Some attack due to fear or territorial issues. Others are protecting their owners. However, a very few may attack because they are a dangerous breed and have been programmed that way.
Deaths from dog bites can be seen by pressing this link. The information is from the Office of National Statistics. It covers England and Wales from 1981 to 2015. You could encounter injuries from a vicious animal in places such as:
- In the local park with an unsupervised animal
- Security animals in privately operated locations
- Stray dogs in the streets
- As part of an assault or incident of crime
- Trying to separate your dog from another.
If the accident happened, it caused your injury and you feel that the situation could have been avoided, you could have grounds to win compensation in a liability case. The average payout for a dog bite is not really known. However, a settlement could cover all the out-of-pocket expenses that you incurred due to your injuries. Helping you to recover properly. Speak to our team to see how we could help you today.
A bad bite to the hand or arm could be particularly debilitating requiring dressings and other medical procedures until healed. Likewise, a vicious attack to your leg could leave you drastically incapacitated and needing to rely on the help of others to perform basic daily tasks.
Family and friends can help, and the courts can recognise these costs if hourly rate invoices can prove they needed to take time out to look after you. It’s called ‘gracious care’ and whilst not typically carried out with any payment expectation; it could form part of your damages.
If you need to rely on a paid carer’s service to shop, dress, wash, and function as typically as possible while you heal, these costs can be very high. They could eat into savings or nudge you into debt as you try to cope with the daily demands.
This is where a No Win No Fee lawyer could help you by advising you how to keep an accurate record of these expenses. Without proof, the costs incurred to you could be lost.
Top Tips on Claiming Dog Bite Compensation
In order to receive compensation for a dog bite, you need to prove that your injury was caused by some form of negligence. For example, if someone’s dog is dangerously out of control in a public place and you are harmed as a result. It’s important to know that you will need sufficient evidence to prove this as part of your dog bite claim.
Examples of evidence you may be able to use include:
- CCTV footage. If the accident has been recorded, you can request to get a copy of this which can help illustrate the series of events that led to the accident.
- Witness statements. If someone saw the accident, you can take their contact details. Your solicitor can then contact them to get a witness statement.
- Medical records. Your doctor who treated the bite can provide records to highlight aspects including the extent of your injury and your treatment plan. This can also include any prescriptions you may have had to take because of the injury.
- Photographs of your injury and the site of the accident.
If you have further questions about how to make a successful dog bite claim, please contact us for free legal advice using the details above.
An average payout for a dog bite can vary quite significantly depending on the extent of the injuries. A medical assessment is always an essential part of a personal injury claim. It underpins the potential success of your case as compelling evidence for you to use to back up your claim. There are two Heads of Loss you could potentially claim for;
General and Special Damages
General damages; recognise the pain and suffering caused to you with a monetary payout. The precise nature of the dog bite injury and the full extent of the injuries on your life quality will vary from case to case. Therefore an average payout for a dog bite may be very difficult to calculate.
Special damages seek to return all the tangible and actual costs incurred because of your injuries and are a much more exact way to value compensation. Anything that you can prove was lost, damaged, or cost you due to the injury could be included. Some examples are:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of bonuses or work opportunities
- Travel costs to hospitals
- Reconstructive surgery
- Counselling or therapy
- Cancelled plans or lost deposits
- Carer costs
- Medical equipment or modifications.
If you are unsure what parts of your claim could be included, speak to our team. We could look to give you a better estimate than an average payout for dog bite could.
Mr Drake worked at a yard that supplied car parts to garages. The parts were second hand taken from cars that were considered unroadworthy. The garage did not have a security system. Instead, the owner and employer of Mr Drake used two guard dogs to ensure that at night parts were not stolen. In the day time, the dogs were chained up at the side of the premises so that anyone coming into the yard would not be attacked.
The staff at the yard had suggested to the owner that the dogs seemed more aggressive. Constantly barking and snapping at people if they went close to them. They had even nipped the owner’s hand when he had gone to move their feeding bowl away. But these issues were dismissed.
Mr Drake was early for work one day and the dogs were roaming around the yard. As he went to chain them up he was severely attacked. His both logs were seriously injured. The skin had been severed so much so that the bone was visible. The owner upon arriving dragged both dogs away. Chaining them up and calling for an ambulance.
Mr Drake had emergency surgery. He had suffered great damage to the soft tissue in his legs. After the full extent of his injuries became apparent, and the full implication of his recovery financial problems started to begin. Mr Drake then spoke to a No Win No Fee solicitor and launched a personal injury claim.
The Compensation Payout
The case was found in Mr Drake’s favour, and he was awarded £29,000 in damages for his pain and suffering and out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from his injuries.
This case study is purely an example not factual; speak to our friendly team for no-obligation expert legal advice and see how we could help you.
It’s important to note that compensation awards are never guaranteed, and each case is different. But when you consult in person with a No Win No Fee Lawyer, you’re giving yourself the best possible chance to exceed the average payouts for a dog bite injury and cover the full emotional and financial cost of a traumatic experience like this. Mr Drake’s damages could have been as followed:
General damages Special damages
Serious soft tissue injuries to both legs £22,000 Loss of earnings £4,500
Travel to hospital visits - £150
Carer at home £1250
Gardener and cleaner
The internet is brimming with firms that offer on-the-spot compensation amounts using online ‘calculators’. In reality, these calculators often overlook or undervalue the true extent of possible awards to you, leaving you disappointed with the final payout.
When you use a No Win No Fee Lawyer, you benefit from the actual ‘hands-on’ valuation of your claim and an accurate grasp of all the factors that have impacted you. Other benefits include nothing to pay upfront to your solicitor, nothing to pay your solicitor if the case fails, and the benefit of expert legal advice and support throughout.
If you win, there is a small ‘success fee’ to pay your solicitor which is capped by law to keep it low and ensure that the bulk of the payout goes directly to you. The fee is not payable until after your compensation has been paid. This arrangement allows people who may lack immediate funds to hire a solicitor if they want to.
If you feel ready to proceed with a personal injury case for dog bite compensation, what do you do next? Many people will search the internet for hours wondering which company could help value and win their case correctly, or read dozens of reviews to gain an insight into how companies work.
Alternatively, you could speak to us. Our advisors can offer a free eligibility check. If your case is valid they will offer you the chance to be connected to our panel of personal injury solicitors. Call us today, and we can advise you about your options.
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- Call us direct on 0800 408 7825
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We hope that this guide has helped in your decision to launch a personal injury claim, and we look forward to speaking to you and helping you proceed.
Below, we’ve included some other guides you may find useful.
- Do I Need To Use Accident Solicitors Near Me?
- Accidental Death Compensation Claims
- How To Get A Personal Injury Lawyer For Your Claim
- How To Claim Compensation For An Accident And Injury
- A Guide To Personal Injury Claims
- Government statistics on workplace accidents
- What to do with a dog bite
- And finally, advice on using the NHS services
Article by EA