When you’re exploring your local area, staying safe is often key for many people. While we may be vigilant towards hazards that can cause slips, trips and falls, it is also advisable to be aware of issues that are out of your control, including accidents involving pets.
Beyond slips, trips and falls: Run-ins with Rottweilers
Often regarded as a dangerous breed of dog, Rottweilers have all the characteristics of an aggressive animal – solid, strong build, short muzzle with predominant jawline and standing medium to large in size.
Despite this and the media’s frequent negative portrayal of Rottweilers, the dogs are generally regarded as gentle animals, good natured and compliant, often showing a loving, patient temperament towards children.
Do Rottweilers pose a risk?
As with anything in life, if a Rottweiler is not handled correctly, there is a chance that it could be the cause of an accident in public. This could be due to a number of reasons; poor training, an unusual change in character and unintentionally antagonising the animal can lead to a public incident.
Generally speaking, a well-trained, family pet of this kind will not harm you if it is treated appropriately and with the respect it deserves.
Who’s to blame for your dog-related injury?
All incidents are individual and blame cannot be determined without careful consideration of the case in hand. It is essential to question whether the animal-related accident occurred due to your behaviour. Should this not be the case, and you feel that the dog was not provoked, then you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Checking your eligibility
The issue with pet-related compensation claims is that, unlike general accidents such as slips, trips and falls, the pet owner may not be insured and therefore wouldn’t be able to afford to pay compensation for the incident.
A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, offers free initial advice to victims of personal injury and will be able to advise if your claim is worth pursuing.
Taking things further
If it is likely that your claim will be successful, Accident Advice Helpline will allocate your case to a suitable lawyer who will then use their specialist experience to work on a no win no fee basis to get you the result you deserve. It is worth remembering that if you are a genuine claimant, there is nothing to lose. You do not pay a penny unless your case is a success.