Cyclist hit by dog awarded compensation after firm turns down case

Cyclist in the city

Our client, Ms J, was cycling along a main road when a dog suddenly ran towards her, struck her front tyre and propelled her off her bike.

She had to undergo surgery for ligament reconstruction, leaving her with significant scarring for the rest of her life. She was off work and unable to do everyday things she took for granted for several months.

You may be thinking, but it wasn’t the dog’s fault, it’s only a dog after all. And you would be right. However, by law, dog owners are responsible for a dog’s actions.

In this case, the dog was being walked by a young man but it was not on a lead. Because of this, the dog was able to run away onto a main road – where it could have been harmed itself - and knocked Ms J off her bike.

The owner is responsible for the dog’s actions as they failed to control it. Under common law, the defender (dog owner) owes the pursuer (Ms J) a duty of care and the defender can be liable where there is injury or damage caused by an animal.

Ms J initially approached another personal injury firm, and was advised they couldn’t help her, as it is unlikely the case would be successful.

She then came to Digby Brown Inverness for expert legal advice. They agreed to take on the case and lodged a claim against the dog owner’s pet insurers.

The insurers admitted liability for the accident and subsequent injuries and Ms J was awarded £20,500 in compensation.

Our team also acted for Mrs Katrina Urquhart after she was attacked by a dog. You can read more about the case at Compensation for injured dog attack victim.

What our clients say about us

We put our clients at the centre of everything we do and are committed to providing the very best service. The hundreds of five star reviews we have received on Trustpilot is a reflection of this approach.

Trustpilot rating
based on 1,572 reviews
  • Trustpilot rating
    based on 1,572 reviews
  • 5 stars
    Great service from start to finish, Ryan(Kirkcaldy...
    Connor -
  • 5 stars
    I had the pleasure of having Kirsten from Dundee d...
    Nicole Reilly -
  • 5 stars
    I highly recommend Digby brown solicitors in Kirkc...
    K Shannon -
  • 5 stars
    First time I’ve had to use a company like this and...
    Mr Craig Smith -
  • 5 stars
    Very helpful and successful resolution of our case
    Raymond Booth -
  • 5 stars
    Couldn't fault the service. Ryan Smith at Kirkcald...
    Mrs Brown -
  • 5 stars
    It was a great experience to be represented by Dig...
    KasiaEm -
  • 5 stars
    Highly recommend! Couldn't have asked for a better...
    Nat Buchan -
  • 5 stars
    Very supportive team (Gayle McGinn was the main co...
    MarkR -
  • 5 stars
    I cannot fault the service given to me by my solic...
    Mr R Wallace -
  • 5 stars
    Craig Brown at DB Dundee was amazing throughout th...
    Catrina Lake -
  • 5 stars
    Chris has dealt with my case for 2 years and I hav...
    Lisa -
Woman getting advice from solicitor

Thinking of making a claim?

Digby Brown's highly trained and experienced team will give you all the support you need.

Piggby bank with money going into it

How your case is funded

Don't be worried about the cost of legal advice. We will fully explain how your claim will be funded.

Hands in the air

Frequently asked questions

Digby Brown are here to help. Here are some answers to some of your frequently asked questions.


0333 200 5926

Monday to Friday: 8am - 8.30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

Email enquiry form

Complete our enquiry form and we will strive to reply within 24 hours

Follow us