Dog Bite Compensation Claims

If you’ve been attacked or bitten by a dog in Perth, you may be entitled to compensation under the Dog Act of 1976. This Act holds the owner or someone considered responsible for the dog accountable for any injuries caused by the dog’s actions.

Whether you’ve suffered injuries or incurred medical expenses due to a dog attack, you have the right to seek compensation for various damages, including medical costs & loss of earnings.

The Dog Act of 1976 defines an “attack” broadly, extending beyond mere biting to include instances where a dog knocks you over or jumps at you, resulting in injury. If you experience any harm from a dog and have made a claim for compensation, it’s advisable to seek guidance to determine your rights and entitlements for compensation.

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What is a Dog Attack?

In simpler terms, a dog attack as defined in section 3 of the Dog Act 1976 includes situations where a dog:

  • Aggressively rushes at or harasses any person or animal; or
  • Bites or otherwise causes physical injury to a person or animal; or
  • Tears clothing or causes damage to the property of the person attacked; or
  • Attempts to attack or behaves in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to fear physical injury.

What Am I Entitled To?

Under the Dog Act of 1976, the owner of any dog, or someone considered the owner, is responsible for compensating any person injured during a dog attack.

The physical or psychological injuries caused by a serious dog attack could lead to a claim for damages, including:

1.

Compensation for pain, suffering, bodily or mental harm, loss of amenities, and loss of enjoyment of life, both past and future. 

2.

Past and future medical expenses relating to the dog bite injury.

3.

Past and future personal and domestic services, whether paid or unpaid.

4.

Past and future loss of income as a result of the dog bite injury.

5.

Travel expenses.

Types of Injuries Eligible for Dog Bite Compensation

The eligibility for dog bite injury compensation claims in Western Australia varies based on the specific circumstances of the attack, including your own behaviour.

Your dog bite injuries may include one or more of:

Physical injuries such as wounds, cuts, fractures, nerve damage or muscle damage

Scarring, disfigurement or residual numbness

Psychological injuries such as emotional distress or loss of enjoyment of life

Considerations Before Filing a Dog Bite Claim

  • Identifying the dog’s owner & the relevant insurer
  • Determining the location of the dog attack
  • Reviewing any correspondence between you and the dog’s owner
  • Gathering statements from witnesses to the incident
  • Obtaining medical records and reports documenting your injuries
  • Documenting treatment received and associated medical expenses
  • Collecting photographs or video footage of the dog attack scene and your injuries
  • Presenting evidence of lost income, such as employment records and pay slips

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