Dog Attack and Bite Compensation Lawyers
Public dog attacks can be terrifying and are unfortunately very common in Australia. If you, or someone in your family, has been harmed by a dog, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers can help you identify your legal options and ensure your rights to compensation are asserted.
Our expert public liability and personal injury lawyers are happy to offer a free initial consultation and evaluation of your case.
I have been attacked and/or bitten by a dog
It is important that you begin gathering evidence of the incident as soon as possible.
Any information, including police reports, medical scans and reports, photographs of your injury and the location of the attack, and anything else relating to the incident, will give you the best chance for a successful claim.
Ensure you keep records of all communications with the dog’s owner(s) and any witnesses as well.
What kind of compensation can I claim?
You may be eligible to claim for:
- Medical expenses incurred
- Loss of income
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Costs associated with necessary carers
- Costs associated with home modifications
You may further be eligible for a superannuation lump sum or compensation through your own insurance policies.
What you can claim and how much will depend on which state or territory you are in, your personal circumstances, and critically, to what extent the dog’s owner was negligent in preventing the attack from occurring.
As this is a complex area of law, we recommend contacting our experienced public liability lawyers for advice.
Time limits apply to dog bite claims
As with your entitlements to compensation, the amount of time you have to lodge your claim may vary. The general time limit is three years from the date of the incident but can be a lot less depending on the circumstances.
Seek legal services promptly, so you can rest easy knowing that your rights are protected.
How should I get legal assistance?
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have a 75-year history of successful cases in public liability nationwide.
We understand how traumatic and confusing the consequences of a dog attack can be and are dedicated to ensuring that you and your claims are expertly supported.
We also offer a ‘no win no fee’ payment schedule, so if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia. Talk to one of our team today for more information.