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What to do if you've been attacked or bitten by a dog

Dog attacks can be terrifying and, unfortunately, they are common in Australia.

We understand how traumatic a dog attack can be. In your first consultation (which is free), we can evaluate your case and help you determine your rights.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

We've been providing public liability legal services for almost 100 years, so you can rest assured—you'll be in good hands.

We also offer 'no win, no fee' arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don’t have to pay for our legal services if we don't win.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.

All you need to know about public piability

You have the right to be safe when you’re in a public place. If you have been hurt as the result of another person or organisation’s negligent behaviour you may be able to make a public liability claim for compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a dog bite compensation claim?

You may be eligible to claim dog bite compensation if you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, regardless of whether it happened in a public or private space.

Generally your dog bite compensation claim will cover things like:

  • medical costs (including past and future costs)
  • lost income (including past and future costs)
  • pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
  • home help and attendant care

You may also be eligible for a superannuation lump sum or compensation from your insurance.

What types of accidents can I make a dog bite compensation claim for?

Your dog bite compensation claim will vary greatly depending on your state or territory, the circumstances of the accident and most importantly, how negligent the dog's owner was in preventing the attack.

The most common types of accidents that you may be able to claim dog bite compensation for cover:

  • injuries caused by animals
  • you can sue the owner of the dog
  • if a another dog enters your property

Who can I claim dog bite compensation against?

Anyone who has caused or contributed to your dog bite accident or injury may be found legally liable and required to pay compensation. They may even be liable for the actions of others if the location of your accident is under their control.

Businesses and other (non domestic) occupiers of premises are required to carry Public Liability Insurance. The dog bite compensation is actually paid by the insurance company. A person’s own home & contents insurance covers public liability if a dog bite accident occurs at a private residence.

Can I represent myself when making a dog bite compensation claim?

Yes. However, dog bite compensation law is complicated. Each state and territory has its own laws that apply to dog bite compensation cases. If you are injured by a dog you can potentially sue the dog owner via their home and contents insurance for failing to properly control their dog.

It's important to get help from someone who understands the complexities of dog bite compensation law, with experience in your area. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has all the resources and experience that come with being a national firm.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

How do I make a dog bite compensation claim?

To make a successful dog bite compensation claim, you need to be able to prove that:

  • you were owed a duty of care
  • that duty of care was breached
  • it could be predicted that this breach would lead to injury or damage

You need to have as much evidence as possible. Police and medical reports, records of communication with the dog's owner, witness names, and photos of your injury and the attack location can all help you win your dog bite personal injury claim.

How long do I have to make a dog bite compensation claim?

Time limits apply. The limit is generally three years from the accident, however can be less depending on the accident. It's important to report your dog bite injury to the compensation authority as soon as possible, once you've become aware of your injury.

Time limits vary under the different state and federal laws.

If you think you have a claim, you should:

  • seek medical treatment and tell your doctor how you were injured
  • keep records and receipts for any wages lost and for medical and related expenses, including the dates of medical consultations
  • take photos of the injuries and where you were injured (where possible)
  • contact us to discuss your claim

What settlement can I expect for my dog bite compensation claim?

Your dog bite compensation claim may cover:

  • medical costs (including past and future costs)
  • lost income (including past and future costs)
  • pain and suffering
  • suffering and lost enjoyment of life (however, there is a cap on what you can claim for pain and suffering)
  • home help and attendant care

How long does a dog bite compensation claim take?

Your dog bite compensation claim and the legal process may take up to several years, especially if you have to wait for injuries to stabilise.

When is duty of care breached?

Duty of care may be breached when the occupier or operator of a space or premises is negligent in their duty to care for your safety in entering and using that space.

What could I be entitled to if duty of care is breached?

You may be entitled to sue the occupier or operator of a space or premises for any accidents or injuries that are caused by their negligent behaviour. This is known as a public liability claim.

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