Claiming for Dog Bites and the Dangerous Dogs Act

by admin on May 27, 2010

Claims management company Claim-Easy (http://www.claim-easy.co.uk) advises on claiming for dog bites and discusses the implications of the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 when it comes to compensation claims. If you or someone you know has been bitten badly by a dog and you are seeking compensation for the injury, here’s what you should know.

 

The Dangerous Dogs Act has governed the dog bite law in the UK since its inception in May 1991. The Act decrees that certain breeds of dog (like Pit Bull Terriers for example) must be registered on the Index of Exempted Breeds, micro chipped and insured, and must always be muzzled when in public. Any dogs on the list of ‘Exempted Breeds’ and which are unregistered can legally be seized from the owner and, by law, has to be put to sleep. The Act also states that any dog (regardless of whether or not it is listed as an ‘Exempted Breed’) that is “dangerously out of control in a public place” can also be destroyed.

 

Dog bite law is somewhat different when it comes to guard dogs. Laws governing guard dogs stipulate that all guard dogs have to be accompanied by a handler that can keep the dog under control unless the dog is secured and not allowed to roam the premises which it guards. In cases where premises are guarded by secured dogs, the premises must bear clear warning signs of the guard dog’s presence by law.

 

The Dangerous Dogs Act does help people claim compensation for a dog bite. Of course not all dog bites can give rise to compensation claims, but the clear regulations surrounding dog attacks do make it quite clear who does and does not have a case. There is a view that you have to be bitten more than once by a dog in order to claim injury compensation – that in effect the dog is allowed a ‘first bite free’. However, this is not the case if the dog has shown to be aggressive before that first bite. If it has, then the injured party can in fact claim compensation for just one dog bite (depending on the individual case).

 

The sad fact is that more children suffer dog bites than any other age group. Children’s inexperience around animals, their size and their naturally boisterous nature means that dogs are more likely to attack them than adults. As much as 70% of fatal dog attacks involve children and while the Dangerous Dogs Act has helped to control this problem, dog bites are still a leading cause of children being admitted to Accident and Emergency.

 

Given the very clear regulations set out in this Act, if you or someone you know (regardless of age) has suffered a dog bite and can prove that the dog should have been registered on the Index of Exempted Breeds, should have been muzzled, or had previously exhibited aggressive tendencies, then you could well be entitled to claim compensation for the injury. To help you make a successful claim, trust a company that is experienced in dog bite claims, such as Claim-Easy. For more information on these and other injury claims, visit http://www.claim-easy.co.uk.

 

 


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Editor’s Note: Claim-Easy (http://www.claim-easy.co.uk) is represented by the digital marketing specialists and SEO provider Jumping Spider Media. Please direct all press queries to Louise Byrne. Email: louise@jumpingspidermedia.co.uk or call: +44 (0)20 3070 1959 / +34 952 783 637.
 
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