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Dog bite compensation claims

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dog attack, our Public Liability experts have the skill and experience to help you claim the compensation you deserve.


Do I have a claim?

For a dog bite claim to be successful, your legal team will need to prove three things:

  1. A person, business, or organisation, such as an employer, owed you a duty of care, to the injured person.
  2. The duty of care was breached. For example, a delivery worker is instructed to enter a property where a dangerous dog is known to be present.
  3. As a result of this breach, the injured person is harmed by the dog and suffers loss.

Our Public Liability lawyers have a proven record when it comes to successful compensation claims for clients who’ve been seriously injured by dogs.

Dog attacks can leave victims with physical injuries like open wounds, cellulitis, and broken bones. Psychological injuries, including stress disorders and anxiety, may develop because of a traumatic attack.

A public liability claim on behalf of the dog bite victim can ensure they have access to the best possible support during their recovery.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to claim dog bite compensation, our Public Liability experts are available to talk through your situation on a free, no-obligation basis. We’ll walk you through your rights and the legal process in plain English – no confusing legal jargon.

What can I claim after a dog bite injury?

There’s no set amount that can be claimed due to a dog bite injury. Your dog bite compensation claim will be for any physical and psychological injuries and losses specific to your case. This includes any past and future costs you may incur.

Our public liability claim clients commonly claim for:

  • medical, rehabilitation, and hospital expenses
  • loss of earnings
  • pain and suffering
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • home help and nursing provided by anyone, paid or unpaid, if it meets certain conditions.

As dog bite compensation claim experts, we can explain exactly what you might be able to claim for after we’ve heard your story.

What is the dog bite claims process?

No Public Liability case is the same, given everyone’s story is different, but they generally move through the following stages.

Public Liability claims begin with an initial legal consultation. Shine Lawyers will then build and run the claim. The two sides will try to negotiate an outcome and if no settlement can be agreed to at mediation, the case will go to trial as a final resort.

Claims Process Diagram

Watch the video for a simple, step-by-step guide to bringing a compensation claim with Shine Lawyers.

Why choose Shine Lawyers?

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Obligation-free initial consultation to assess your case confidentially

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Claim assessment process where we will explain all of the options available to you

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We can come to you - if you can't make it into the office we're more than happy to come to you

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No Win No Fee arrangement

Superannuation and Disability Insurance

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you might be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. We recommend speaking to one of our experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim.

Learn more about Superannuation and Disability Insurance Claims


Common Questions

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, it’s important you seek medical treatment immediately if required. Once your injury is stable, monitor it over the coming weeks to ensure it is healing correctly. If you have any health concerns, also seek professional medical advice.

If you’ve suffered a substantial loss due to the bite (whether financial, psychological or physical), seek legal advice from Shine Lawyers’ Public Liability team as soon as possible to determine your eligibility to claim.

Strict legal time limits may apply to your dog bite compensation claims, so it’s important you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Once our lawyers are managing your claim, they will ensure all relevant time limits are met, keeping your case on track. Get in touch today.

How much you can claim for in a public liability case depends on the extent of your injuries and how they’ve impacted your life.

Once you share your story with us, our experts will be able to give you a detailed understanding of your potential claim.

Your claim will be influenced by factors such as:

  • the severity of your injuries
  • your age
  • how much you have lost and will lose in wages and employment opportunities
  • how much care you need.

Having a Public Liability lawyer run your dog bite claim offers you the best chance at a successful outcome and maximising your entitlements.

Self-represented litigants often struggle against well-resourced defendants, especially in complex areas of law like Public Liability.

It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a claim. Doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward.

Most people making dog bite compensation legal claims choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyers can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide a case to a successful outcome. Get in touch with our public liability experts today.

A dog bite can result in health complications, beyond just the physical puncture wound, bone fracture, or scrape.

Potential dog bite infections include:

  • Pasteurella
  • Capnocytophaga
  • Sepsis
  • MRSA infection
  • Rabies.

The trauma of a dog attack may cause a psychological injury or exacerbate an existing condition, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Phobia
  • Depression
  • PTSD.

If you experience any of these dog bite complications, seek medical attention.

How long your dog bite compensation claim takes will depend on how complex your situation is, how serious your injuries are following your dog bite, and what treatment you’re likely to need before your injuries will stabilise.

Our lawyers should be able to give you a good indication of how long a claim may take after they know a bit more about your situation. Get in touch today to find out more.

We work on a No Win No Fee* basis at Shine Lawyers, which means you will only pay our legal fees if we win your case at the end.

Your legal costs will depend on the amount of work required to resolve your claim and this can vary from case to case depending on the complexities involved. The whole process is completely transparent and your lawyer will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

*Conditions apply

Shine Lawyers are one of the biggest public liability litigation firms in Australia and have the experience and nous to go up against the big insurance companies and get you the result you are looking for following your dog bite injury.

At Shine Lawyers you will have your own go-to team, who are always available to chat and who understand that explaining things in plain English to you is important. All of our public liability services are provided on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won't have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim.

Where you are located isn't necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We're experts when it comes to dog bite claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

Our compensation experts are in the following locations:

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