While slips, trips and falls are common when you are out and about, it is unlikely that you will venture outdoors expecting to sustain an injury from a dog bite.
Although it is easy to place blame for some accidents, such as slips, trips and falls, why a dog bites can often leave victims confused, questioning whether the dog or the individual is to blame.
How common are dog bite injuries?
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reported that in 2012/13 there were 6,302 hospital admissions due to injuries caused by dog biting and mauling in England.
Although these statistics represent a fall on the previous 12-month status, it is still a 37 per cent increase on reported injuries since 2007. NHS Choices add to this figure by explaining it is impossible to know an exact number of incidents, as many minor injuries do not require hospital admission.
Accidents involving animals, particularly dog bites, are common among young children, especially boys. Knowing why this is the case can help individuals and families avoid injuries from dog bites and mauling.
Common causes of dog bites
Generally, dogs do warn us when they are ready to bite. You may notice that they move away from you, growl or show the whites of their eyes. While it is important to recognise these signs, knowing why dogs bite can help you understand their mentality and avoid animal accidents.
Dogs may bite when they are:
- Tired or hungry
- Protecting their food, resting place, possession or their owner
- Hurt or shocked
- Unaware of their actions, when taking food or a toy
- Provoked, aggravated or antagonised by a child
- Engaged in rough play
- In the belief that a person is prey due to the nature of the game being played
Do unprovoked dog bites occur?
It is unlikely that a dog will bite without reason. If this seems to be the case, it is worth taking a closer look at the situation and trying to understand the reason for the bite. It may be that the person who suffered injury was not at fault, yet the animal has been trained to act in a vicious manner.
Should you feel you have a sustained an injury due to an animal accident that was no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.
From slips, trips and falls to road traffic collisions and animal accidents, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice