Making a CICA dog bite compensation claim
Sometimes making a claim for dog bite compensation through the normal County Court channels isn't appropriate. For instance, if the dog owner doesn't have insurance or have any money themselves to pay compensation then there is little point in pursuing a legal claim against them.
In these circumstances an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) might be a better option.
The CICA is a government funded scheme that pays compensation to victims of violent crime.
Our lawyers can advise you about making a CICA dog bite compensation claim and will give you guidance on all your options. We appreciate that every case is different and so we will tailor our specialist advice specifically for you.
The CICA scheme is complex and they don't pay out to everyone. The crcumstances have to be quite specific to qualify for CICA dog bite compensation.
The CICA will want you to show that:
a) the dog was set upon you;
b) that the person with control of the dog intended for you to be harmed and used the dog for that purposes; or
c) that the person with control of the dog intended for you to be harmed and created the circumstances for such harm to occur.
A CICA dog bite compensation claim can be difficult to make because of the need to show that the owner (or person with control of the dog) had intent to cause injury. Unfortunately mere 'accidents' do not qualify under the criminal injuries scheme.
If you think you may be entitled to make a CICA dog bite compensation claim then call our FREE legal helpline for a case assessment on 0808 139 1601 or send brief details to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org