Dog Attack Claims

If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog and have suffered injury, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation against the owner of the dog. The owner of the animal is strictly responsible for any damage the dog has caused in accordance with the Companion Animal Act NSW 1998.

A dog attack claim can be made against the owner personally for compensation. Most dog owners would also be covered by insurance in the form of a home and contents insurance policy, which contains public liability cover.

This insurance policy will usually cover the owner of the dog for the damage their dog has caused. If the owner does not have insurance they will be personally liable for the payment of your compensation.

The dog owner has two defences as to why they are not be responsible for the damage caused by their dog:

  • If the attack occurred on privately held property and the person attacked was unlawfully on the property or;
  • The attack was wholly induced by intentional provocation of the dog by the person who was subsequently attacked.

Otherwise the owner of the dog will be found responsible for the injury caused by the dog.

If you are successful in making a claim against a dog owner, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical treatment
  • Damage to clothing and property
  • Loss of income both past and future
  • Care and assistance required due to an injury

As dog attack claims are complex and depend on the facts and circumstances of your case, you should seek legal advice from an accredited specialist in personal injury law prior to commencing a claim.

If you need assistance or are after more information about dog attacks, please do not hesitate to contact us as follows;

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