Have you suffered a dog bite in Surrey? If so, you could be entitled to seek monetary compensation from the owner. Our Preszler team of Surrey dog bite lawyers could help you recover monetary compensation by pursuing an injury lawsuit on your behalf.
The experienced of being bitten is harrowing, but it pales in comparison to the trauma of letting the injury go untreated. It is crucial to immediately see a doctor to ensure your health and wellbeing. After you have taken care of your injuries, do not hesitate to contact our personal injury law firm as soon as possible.
Holding the dog owner accountable
In many cases, you could seek compensation from the owner. In fact, you could pursue a claim for any injury caused by a dog. This could include not just bites but also injuries from a fall after being knocked over by the animal.
Generally speaking, there are two legal theories a dog bite law firm could make on your behalf. If they are successful on either claim, you could recover monetary compensation. The first legal theory is known as scienter. Under this, a dog owner who knew or should have known that their dog was dangerous– is liable for any injuries they cause. To prove a claim, you must establish:
Typically, a plaintiff can prove at trial that a dog was violent. They can do this by providing evidence that the animal had previously attacked someone else. If you meet these three elements, there is little defence a dog owner could offer.
In addition to scienter, you could also pursue a negligence claim. The burden for proving this is higher, but it does not require evidence that the owner knew their animal was dangerous. However, you would need to prove that they were careless in allowing it to injure you.
Our no-fee promise
We understand the emotional and financial cost of living with these injuries, which is why we will never charge a client with upfront legal fees. We only recover a fee if we are successful in your case. In other words, if you do not get paid, we do not get paid.
Contact our Preszler team of Surrey dog bite lawyers
The legal theories behind a dog bite case can be complicated, but that should not dissuade you. Our firm has extensive experience taking on these cases, and we look forward to discussing your claim in detail with you. Reach out right away to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.