If you have been the victim of a dog or animal attack, you may be able to seek compensation for injury and damages.

This summary explores civil law dog bite cases in the ACT and highlights how Maliganis Edwards Johnson (MEJ), Canberra’s leading personal injury law firm, gets you more when it comes to compensation and justice.

What are my rights?

Under ACT legislation (the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002 and the Domestic Animals Act 2000), dog owners are accountable for the actions of their pets.

If you have suffered injuries due to a dog attack in the ACT, professional legal assistance will help you get proper support and understanding at the time you need it most, as well as any compensation you deserve.

The experienced lawyers at MEJ specialise in dog bite incidents and have a strong track record of obtaining excellent outcomes for clients. MEJ is committed to ensuring you receive the best possible advice and guidance to ensure you and your family are protected.

What does compensation cover?

Damages are the monetary compensation awarded to the injured party for the harm they have suffered. Damages are intended to restore the injured party, as much as possible, to the position they would have been in had the incident not occurred.

Under the civil law framework in the ACT, damages payable in a claim depend on various factors. These include the nature and severity of the injuries sustained, the extent of physical and emotional suffering endured, the impact on the victim’s quality of life, and the financial losses incurred as a result of the incident.

In assessing damages, the courts consider medical expenses, such as hospital bills, medications, rehabilitation costs, and ongoing treatment. They also take into account lost wages or income resulting from the injuries, both in the past and projected into the future.

Additionally, damages cover pain and suffering, which accounts for the physical and emotional distress experienced by the victim. The aim of damages in civil law claims in the ACT is to provide fair and just compensation to the injured party, acknowledging the harm they have suffered and ensuring they are adequately compensated for their losses. Each case is evaluated on its own merits, taking into consideration the specific circumstances and the impact on the individual’s life.

Why MEJ?

At MEJ, our team of dedicated lawyers understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that dog attacks can have on victims. We recognise that obtaining proper compensation is only one aspect of seeking justice. MEJ strives to provide more by offering comprehensive legal representation and support.

With a deep understanding of the ACT’s legal framework, we are well-equipped to help you when you need it most. Our lawyers work closely with clients, gathering evidence, assessing the extent of injuries, and calculating the damages suffered. We go beyond financial considerations and consider the full impact on your life, including physical pain, emotional distress, psychological trauma, and any long-term effects.

MEJ’s comprehensive approach ensures that you receive the full compensation you deserve and the support you need to move forward.


If you have suffered injuries due to a dog attack, don’t delay, contact MEJ to discuss your rights and how we can help you achieve more.  And remember, we act on a no-win/no fee basis. 

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