Dog attack

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. If you or someone in your family has been attacked or bitten by a dog, you may be eligible for compensation—regardless of whether it happened in a public or private space.

What you can claim will depend on your state or territory and the circumstances—most importantly, how negligent the dog's owner was in preventing the attack. Time limits apply, and while the limit is generally three years from the accident, it can be less depending on the accident.

To make a successful case, it helps 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 personal injury claim.

What kind of compensation can I claim?

You may be eligible to claim medical expenses, lost income, damages for pain and suffering, and costs associated with home modifications and care. You may also be eligible for a superannuation lump sum or compensation from your insurance.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

We understand how traumatic a dog attack can be. We've been providing this type of legal service for almost 100 years, so you can rest assured—you'll be in good hands.

In your first consultation (which is free), we can evaluate your case and help you determine your rights. 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.

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