Each year in the UK, around 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog, and many of these will actually be serious enough to require medical attention. In fact the number of people injured by dogs is almost as high as those hurt in road accidents, or after slips, trips and falls.
We like to think of dogs as our best friends but with so many people being injured, and many requiring reconstructive surgery, it’s obvious that we need to act with caution around these pets to avoid being bitten by a dog in public.
Preventing dog-related accidents
Often it is not the fault of the dog and they are only doing what comes naturally to them. So it’s up to us humans to behave properly around them. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to avoid being bitten:
- Keep your distance: You can never read what a dog is thinking. Some dogs are fine with strangers while others can feel threatened. Due to this uncertainty it’s always best to give as much distance to a strange dog as possible. This will reduce the likelihood that they will lash out.
- Don’t pet strange dogs: However cute a dog looks you should never approach and pet a dog you don’t know. Some dogs are not used to being petted, so stroking or touching an animal could easily lead to a dog bite occurring.
- Consider the breed: You shouldn’t assume that one dog breed is less or more likely to bite than any other. But there are some types of dog that can be more aggressive than others. Dogs which require a lot of exercise can become aggressive if cooped up for too long, and some simply aren’t suitable for being around young children. So be sensible.
Have you been bitten by a dog in public?
If you have been bitten by a dog in public and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation, just as you would if you were injured in an accident at work.
To find out more about personal injury compensation, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline using our 24-hour Freephone helpline service. At Accident Advice Helpline, we boast over 15 years’ experience handling claims based on accidents at work, traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, and other public accidents. We can discuss your situation, confidentially, in detail, and let you know if you have grounds to make a claim based on your individual circumstances.
All claims made by Accident Advice Helpline are handled on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, and usually all the work is done over the telephone, meaning only in very rare cases will claimants have to attend court in person.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice