Dog attacks can be really intimidating situations. During the attack, you might make poor decisions, to fright, panic, and the intensity of the situation. While you might not have a plan of defence during the attack, you should have a plan of action in the aftermath of it. You deserve the correct compensation to help you deal with the short and long term effects of a dog attack, such as physical injury, mental stress, potential loss of earnings, and any recovery costs. This blog will outline what this plan of action should be so that you have the best chance of making the claim you deserve. 

Seek medical attention 

In the event that you or your pet are attacked by a dog, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. This can be for any injuries caused by the attack, including minor ones. Alternatively, it can just be to get an overlook as a precaution. It should be noted that dog bites can lead to a serious bacterial infection if they are left untreated. 

Obtain details and record the event 

Dog attacks are extremely stressful. Because of this stressful situation, it can be easy to miss the fine details, like location, breed of the dog, time of the attack; all necessary details that authorities may need after the incident has taken place. In the event of a dog attack, you should record both the location that the attack happened as well as the specific time. Additionally, ensure that if there are any witnesses to the attack, that you get their contact details so that they can provide statements to support your claim. Take photos too, so that there is physical evidence to support your claim. 

Report the incident

If you are witness to a dog attack or a victim of one, you should report it as soon as possible to the local council. In the event that you cannot contact the council, or if the attack has resulted in serious physical harm, you should instead contact the police and file an official report. 

Seek legal assistance 

If you are successful in your claim, your compensation may include: 

  •  Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Home help and nursing provided by anyone, paid or unpaid, if it meets certain conditions

As the victim of a dog attack, you may be able to claim compensation. If you are wanting to claim compensation for a dog attack it is imperative that you seek competent legal advice to help you with your claim.