Have you been the victim of an attack by a dog or other animal and suffered injuries? If so, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

In one of our recent cases, a woman was awarded $225,000 after she was badly injured when a Rottweiler mauled her and her dog on a Sydney street after escaping from a nearby home. The victim was walking her dog on a leash in Parramatta in 2019, and as a result of the attack was left with significant permanent disabilities which continue to affect her day-to-day life.

The court found the victim was savagely bitten on the hand multiple times and noted the victim has pain and restricted movement in her hand, preventing her from performing  tasks like typing, writing and various domestic duties. She has also experienced recurrent nightmares and flashbacks. 

The victim claimed compensation for her own injuries, as well as her dog’s, and the court awarded the sum of $225,000.

If you have been injured by a dog or other animal you may have a claim for compensation including for pain and suffering, past and future loss of income, past and future medical expenses and domestic assistance. The owner of a dog who attacks a person has strict liability and are deemed responsible for any damages regardless of whether there was any negligence or fault on their part. There are time limits to bringing a claim for compensation arising out of a dog attack, and if you have been a victim you should seek advice from one of our specialist lawyers as soon as possible.

If you wish to know where you stand call us today for an informal no obligation chat on (02) 4343 7000 (Central Coast) or (02) 4941 8999 (Newcastle). It is important to remember that strict time limits may apply so get in touch now.

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