Whilst dogs are universally accepted to be companion animals, and have become synonymous with the adage ‘man’s best friend’, unfortunately there are a large number of dog bite incidents reported every year in South Africa. The annual increasing crime rate has also led to an increase in ownership of large breed 'guard dogs' across many South African households, which is thought to be a contributing factor to the rise in dog bite cases.
If you have been bitten by a dog, whether in a public area or on private property, you are entitled to claim compensation from the dog’s owner for your injuries. If a domestic animal such as a dog acts contrary to its’ nature (i.e. by attacking), and without provocation, the owner can be held strictly liable even if negligence is absent.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite incident, you can claim compensation for the following:
Including all surgical and non-surgical treatment, care and medication necessitated by your dog-bite injuries
Actual past loss of income- incorporating unpaid sick leave arising as a result of time off work due to recovery and/ or loss of employment as a direct result of your dog-bite injuries; and Projected future loss of income and/ or earning capacity
Lump sum compensation for pain, suffering, disability and loss of amenities of life; emotional shock and psychological trauma
In dog-bite cases, summons must be issued against the dog owner/ handler within 3 (three) years from the actual date of the occurrence of the attack.
We at A Batchelor & Associates have a solid background in successfully representing clients in their personal injury claims, and a proven track record in this specialised field of litigation.
Our team of specialist attorneys will provide the legal knowledge and expertise that your dog bite claim requires in order to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered.
Personal injury claims can be tedious and complicated to handle on your own, which is why we strive to give you the best guidance and support, allowing you to be rest assured that you have a professional legal team by your side throughout your case.