As anyone who has ever been attacked by a dog will know, this is not a situation you would ever want to be in. However every year hundreds of people are attacked by one or more dogs, and this situation can be very hard to get over.
In some cases it will result in a lifelong fear of dogs. In other cases it will result in serious injuries. In the worst-case scenario some people have actually been killed as a result of a dog attack. This has happened to young children as well as to adults, although children are obviously more at risk since they are smaller and less able to defend themselves.
Dog attack injuries often mean bites are inflicted on an individual. The severity of the bite depends on the dog and the nature of the attack, and can also depend on whether the person is wearing clothing on that part of their body at the time.
Treatment should always be sought straight away for all dog bites; a tetanus jab may also have to be given, and depending on the state of the injury further treatment can be given. This may involve stitches or perhaps steri-strips for less severe bites.
What can the outcome be of a dog attack?
A lot depends on who is injured, what type of dog it is and how long the attack goes on for. In some less serious cases the injuries are not as severe, although a bite may still require stitches. More severe attacks can last much longer and the injuries can be devastating, causing serious injuries if not a fatality.
If more than one dog is involved the outcome can potentially be very bad indeed, especially if one dog sets the others off. No dog attack is minor though, as it can be very upsetting to go through or witness.
Are you thinking of claiming compensation for dog attack injuries?
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide no-obligation advice to anyone who has suffered a dog attack of any severity. Providing your attack took place within the last three years we can assess the likelihood that your claim could potentially result in a compensation payment.
We provide a no win, no fee service so if we determine you have a good chance of winning your claim, you can rest assured we will take care of everything on your behalf. Contact us today or use our 30-second online test to get fast answers.
Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown