Dog Bite Compensation Claims


Dogs provide companionship that enriches the lives of many families and individuals. Usually, dogs are very friendly towards humans, but there are cases where the opposite is true. Sadly, dog bites are the most common cause of personal injury by an animal in Scotland. Emergency admissions to Scottish hospitals after a dog attack have risen by 80% since 2005 according to NHS figures. Sadly, these figures also show an increase in the number of young children being most victims.

Why do dogs attack people?

Dogs can be very unpredictable in their behaviour towards other animals and humans, even if they’ve previously showed no signs of aggression. Dogs are social animals by nature, with a well-defined pack hierarchy. When the dog doesn’t know where their place is within the human hierarchy, they will naturally try to assert themselves in a form of growling, barking or even biting. This explains many of the dog attacks on little children within families. While dogs can’t be judged by the same standards we apply to humans, when they suddenly turn aggressive, it is often due to lack of care on the owner’s part.

Owner’s responsibility

Dog owners have a responsibility to monitor their dog’s behaviour in public places and attend dog training classes to ensure that their dog isn’t showing signs of aggression and doesn’t bite people or attack other animals. Unfortunately, there are people who encourage their dogs to be aggressive, which can result in serious physical and mental injuries. This is particularly distressing when a child is the victim of a dog bite. Dog attacks on small children have far worse consequences due to a child’s small body size and weight.

Making a dog bite claim

If you or someone you know has been attacked by a dog then you may be able to claim compensation. This applies to dog attacks in public as well as inside the home. If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog then you may be able to pursue a claim. This would be against the dog’s owner or whoever was responsible for the animal at that time of the attack, for example a dog walker.

In order to proceed with your claim, make sure you get the owner’s contact details and those of any witnesses. You should consider reporting the incident to the police too (this can also help the case of any potential future victims). The majority of people who own a dog will have home insurance or dedicated pet insurance – if your dog bite compensation claim is successful, the pay-out should be from the dog owner’s insurance company.

For your claim to be successful, you will need evidence that the owner or whoever was in charge of the dog at the time of the attack should have known that the dog was dangerous and failed to control or restrain it. This is more prevalent with particular breeds as the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 specifies certain dog breeds must be muzzled in public under.


Dog Bite Compensation Claims – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have suffered an injury due to a dog bite, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.

The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.

Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the dog owner to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.

A strict three-year time limit applies to making a dog bite attack claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
  • Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.

Compensation for dog attack accidents in Scotland is awarded on a case-by-case basis. The amount you could get depends on the severity of your injuries, as well as other factors, like loss of earnings.

We fully investigate each case we work on to make sure that we get the maximum amount of compensation possible for you. Our personal injury compensation calculator has been created to estimate how much you may be able to claim for, based on the injuries you have sustained.

In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings or earning capacity
  • Any future expenses as a result of the injury
  • Home modification and care expenses
  • Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.

Compensation for dog attack accidents in Scotland is awarded on a case-by-case basis. The amount you could get depends on the severity of your injuries, as well as other factors, like loss of earnings.

We fully investigate each case we work on to make sure that we get the maximum amount of compensation possible for you. Our personal injury compensation calculator has been created to estimate how much you may be able to claim for, based on the injuries you have sustained.