Dog Bite Claims

Most dogs are well-behaved when near strangers, but unfortunately dog bites can occur. If you've been bitten by a dog, you should consider making a claim.


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When dog bites occur, the damage can be quite severe or even fatal in the worst cases. We understand that injuries sustained from dog bites can be both painful and long-lasting, and we are here to assist you in making a claim during this distressing time.

What is a dog bite?

A dog bite is where a dog clamps its jaws around a part of someone, causing injury as a result. Dog bites can occur anywhere, but are most likely to happen near gardens and parks – where dogs and their owners can usually be found. If you have suffered a dog bite then you can and should seek compensation from the dog’s owner.

Who can I claim against?

If the event of a dog bite or attack, the owner is usually liable, as it is their responsibility to ensure their dog is well-behaved. Any neglect of their duties as owner will form reasonable grounds to make a compensation claim.

More about making a claim

How much can I claim?

We understand the most important thing is that you are able to recover as well as possible. When you're ready, you should consider making a claim.

When it comes to the amount you could claim for, it depends on the injury.

Hand injuries, which are the most common for dog bites, tend to receive a minimum compensation of £800.

Fractures to fingers are usually awarded up to £4,160 more minor breaks and up to £32,210 for more severe fractures.

Serious arm fractures can be awarded at least £34,340. See our compensation calculator for more examples.

How long do I have to make a claim?

You should consider starting your claim as soon as you feel ready to do so.

Our team of expert solicitors can take the stress out of making a claim, and do all the hard work so that you can have the peace of mind that you deserve during this time.

What to do if a dog bites you

If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer a dog bite, you should seek medical treatment immediately.

Then, once you’re ready, you could make a compensation claim.

Contact us or start your claim at the top of the screen if you'd just like to talk through your options. Our legal advisors will assess your case and explain our No Win No Fee service.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25%* of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

*Excluding Road Traffic Accident related claims where the accident happened on or after 31st May 2021. Here customers you will typically pay 30% + VAT due to changes introduced through Civil Liability Act 2018.


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