The UK is an animal-loving nation and in 2014, 45 per cent of households had a pet. One in four households has a domestic dog, but how safe is it to have a pet at home and what kinds of diseases can you catch from dogs? If you’re thinking about getting a pet dog or you regularly come across dogs as part of your job, here is some information to help you avoid injuries and accidents at work and ensure you stay safe at home.
Is it safe to have a dog at home?
Millions of people in the UK have a pet dog and the risk of disease is very low. There is a risk of accidents related to dog bites and attacks, but the vast majority of dogs are placid and fit the popular perception, which paints canines as man’s best friend.
The most common type of disease, which can be passed from dogs to humans, is Lyme disease, which is caused by ticks; it is also possible for ticks to infect humans directly and for ticks to travel from humans to dogs. Ticks that cause Lyme disease are generally found in wooded areas, rather than urban parks. Potential warning signs include inflammation and a red skin rash around the tick bite; these symptoms are usually followed by symptoms that are associated with flu, such as aches and pains, a high temperature and generally feeling under the weather. If these early signs are left untreated, Lyme disease can develop, resulting in the joints becoming swollen; it is also possible for neurological function to become compromised.
Rabies in dogs
Rabies is incredibly rare in the UK and there is no risk of contracting rabies from a dog living in a UK household. There have only been 4 cases of rabies in this country since the year 2000 and all were caused by dogs abroad. If you are travelling abroad or you work overseas, it’s a good idea to steer clear of stray dogs to avoid work-related travel injuries.
Claiming compensation for injuries caused by a dog
If you have been injured at work as a result of a dog bite or an unprovoked attack, you may be able to claim compensation. If you have delivered a parcel and you were bitten by somebody’s dog, for example, you have a right to claim personal injury compensation provided you can prove that you were not to blame and the owner of the dog or your employer displayed negligence.
At the time of the incident, note down the exact details of what happened and see a doctor so that they can assess your injuries. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about making a no win, no fee* claim and let us do all the leg work for you.
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in the personal injury claims industry and boasts an outstanding team of lawyers with expertise in work injury claims and work illness compensation. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice