Is my neighbour liable for his dog biting me?


Have you been bitten by someone else’s dog? This short guide is here to help you find out where you stand legally after suffering at the jaws of man's best friend.

Dog Bite Compensation

The law

Being bitten by a dog can be quite a serious matter for the victim. It can leave you feeling anxious and in pain. Dog owners have a responsibility to the public to make sure their dog does not break the law.

The law says that the ‘keeper’ of the animal is legally responsible for it. The keeper is the owner or anyone who has the dog at the time, and should keep the animal under control, and should usually use a lead. Under the law, some dogs need a muzzle too.

What do I need to do?

To increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve, you need to gather evidence as soon as possible. Take pictures of the wound and any scars. If you are able to, get the contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident.

You should try to work out who owns the dog. From there, you can report the bite to the police and your local dog warden.

Top tips

  • Gather evidence and seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Make a note of what happened while it’s still fresh in your head
  • Contact a solicitor and get legal advice on making a dog bite compensation claim

Simpson Millar LLP has a vast amount of experience in cases like yours, and our links with employees of Royal Mail gives us an edge in dog bite compensation claims. Whether you’re the postman or the victim of your neighbour’s dog, we are able to provide tailored advice that is personal to your needs.

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