There have been numerous reports of dog attacks in the ACT recently, often leaving the victims with serious injuries requiring hospitalisation or in the most serious cases, even death.

A dog attack can be a frightening and traumatic experience, leaving not only serious physical effects, but often psychological conditions including a fear of dogs, flashbacks and nightmares from the attack. As with most personal injury matters, the victims will usually need some time off work and the medical bills start to add up and cause financial stress.

In the ACT, a claim in relation to a dog attack may be made in negligence if the dog owner failed to adequately restrain the dog, or under section 55 of the Domestic Animals Act 2000, which provides that compensation may be recovered from the owner or keeper of the dog for any loss or expense arising from the attack. This can include your own medical expenses and veterinarian bills for your furry friend if they were also injured. However, legal defences are available if you provoked the dog or failed to take care of your own safety, or were unlawfully on another’s premises, and you may not be able to make a successful claim for compensation.

We have acted in many successful claims for compensation following dog attacks and we know how traumatic a dog attack can be. We will handle the claim for you, so you can focus on your treatment. Depending on your circumstances, we can help you to claim compensation for pain and suffering, treatment expenses, lost wages and the care you have required from others.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a dog attack contact Chamberlains for a free first consultation with one of our personal injury experts to discuss your claim and your legal rights. Time limits apply so it is important to act quickly. We’re in your corner.

 

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