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Dog bite compensation claims

If you’ve been injured as a result of a dog attack or dog bite, its possible you may have a claim for compensation under public liability law.


When it comes to this specific area of law, Shine Lawyers are experts who can help you recover the compensation you need to regain control over your life. It doesn't matter if you have sustained a dog bite injury from a dog that wasn’t contained properly, or you have been attacked passing by an uncontained dog, we can advise you on your rights and help you when you need it most.

All our dog bite compensation claims experts operate on a No Win No Fee* guarantee, which means you won't have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end.

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What to do if you've been bitten by a dog

If you have suffered a dog bite, it can be a deeply traumatic time and stressful for the individual. It's important to receive the right medical treatment for any injuries sustained so you should seek urgent medical attention in the immediate aftermath of the bite.

Many people who suffer a dog bite injury can miss work and medical bills can stack up and cause financial stress.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a dog bite, whether it has been caused by a dog that wasn’t contained properly, or you have been attacked passing by an uncontained dog, you can potentially claim for negligence under public liability law throughout Australia.

There are many factors at play which depending on your circumstances, may mean you are eligible to claim compensation after what's happened. Because everyone's circumstances are different, a good way to find out your rights is to speak to an expert from Shine Lawyers, who can quickly and easily give you an indication of your legal options moving forward.

Its worth noting that if death was caused by the dog attack incident, dependents may also be able to claim for things like funeral expenses and loss of financial support.

What can I claim after a dog bite injury?

Your dog bite compensation claim will cover all of your physical and psychological injuries and losses, including past and future costs you may incur. Some examples of things you might be able to claim include:

  • 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 know the specifics of your situation.

Public liability claims legal process in relation to dog bites

No two dog attacks or dog bite claims for compensation are the same. However, the below video provides a simple guide to bringing a claim for compensation with Shine Lawyers after a dog-related incident.

How dog bite compensation gets calculated

Depending on the nature of the dog bite and the injuries you sustained, compensation is usually calculated by placing a monetary value on the gap between your predicted life path before the dog bite injury, and your actual life path since the dog bite injury.

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Common Questions

The law surrounding dog bite claims can be quite complex so it's best to speak to expert lawyers like ourselves when it comes to the litigation process and the complexities involved in making a claim.

Essentially, for a dog bite claim to be successful, your legal team will need to prove:

  • That the owner of the dog owed you a duty of care
  • The person breached that duty of care (eg, The gate containing the dog was left open)
  • As a result, you were hurt and suffered loss as a result of the dog bite

The amount of compensation you can claim depends on things such as:

  • How bad your injuries are
  • Your age
  • How much you have lost and will lose in wages
  • How much care you need
  • How much money you have paid and will have to pay out of your own pocket

Once your injuries have been identified, you'll need to see a doctor to understand the impact these will have on your future work and enjoyment of life. We'll handle everything. We can walk you through the process in plain English as well - no legal jargon; so you can focus on getting better rather than the legal side of things.

How long your dog bite compensation claim will take depends 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.

Yes. When it comes to making a dog bite compensation claim there are strict time limits that may restrict your ability to make a claim.

Given the strict time limits to apply to lodging a dog bite compensation claim, please contact Shine Lawyers for further information regarding your entitlements and your eligibility to claim.

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.

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It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a compensation 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.

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 related 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:

Shine Lawyers are public liability law experts that can help you get the compensation you need following your dog bite injury. Click on the links below for further information about how Shine Lawyers can help you.

Why you should choose Shine Lawyers to handle your dog bite claim

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Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across the nation.

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.

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