Dog Bite Claims

The victims of dog attacks can be left with serious physical and psychological injuries.


Under Section 21 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986 the owner of the dog shall be liable for the personal injuries caused by their dog in such attacks. Such attacks are generally covered by the owner’s household insurance. However, it is not necessary for the attack to take place on the owner’s property. It is also not necessary to prove that the dog had a prior history or a propensity to attack.

We advise clients from all over the country on all manner of injuries and accidents. We have two offices:

16 North Main Street, Naas, County Kildare, where we advise clients from Naas, Newbridge, Clane, Maynooth, Leixlip and the wider Kildare area.
Contact us: Tel: 045 897784 or at


Pembroke House, Upper Pembroke Street 28-32 Dublin 2 where we advise clients from throughout Dublin, Tallaght, Lucan, Blanchardstown and Wicklow.
Contact us: Tel: 01 5255637 or at

We also offer phone and online consultaions. Accomodations can be made for clients who live outside of the Kildare and Dublin area, who cannot make it to one of our offices for an appointment.

If you have been injured in such an attack, you should immediately:

1. Seek medical attention;
2. Report the incident to the GardaĆ­;
3. Attempt to identify the owners of the dog and report the incident to them;


What information should I bring to my consultation?


Firstly, if you do not have any of the following information, do not be concerned as we will generally be able to source it ourselves.
However, if possible you should bring the following:

1. Details of the date of the attack and where the attack occurred
2. Details of the owner of the dog
3. Contact details of any witnesses
4. Contact details of your doctor
5. Details of the investigating Garda


For further information please contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors on 045 897784 / 01 5255637 or at


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