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.
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 image is a good representation of the dog bite claims process works and how someone moves through the legal process.
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 about Dog bite compensation claims
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.
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
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.
- 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.
Many dog bite compensation claims can be finalised within 18 months, but more complex cases with multiple injuries can take longer. 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.
Under public liability law the usual time limit is three years from the date of the accident, but this can vary - so it's important you seek legal help as soon as possible following the dog bite.
The time limit can be much shorter for certain claims so we recommend you seek legal advice right away.
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.
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.
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:
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Strathpine - Westfield
- Sunshine Coast
- Toowoomba - Kitchener Street
- Toowoomba - Russell Street
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:
Paula Shelton, Melbourne
Ron Kramer, Fairfield
Susan Newman, Sydney
Zlatko Mackic, Liverpool
Jodie Willey, Brisbane
Kathryn Rayner, Townsville
Lisa Kinder, Toowoomba
Melissa O'Neill, Brisbane
Michelle Wright, Springwood
Peter Matus, Bundall
Roger Singh, Brisbane
Simon Morrison, Brisbane
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 Guarantee, which means you won't have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim.
Hear from some of our clients below who have been through the legal process with us.