Every year, around 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog in the UK. One in five of these people require medical attention, half of whom are children. Around 27,000 people require extensive reconstructive surgery after being bitten by a dog. It may seem hard to believe, but clearly our friendly family pets are sometimes anything but.
How to avoid dog bites
If you’d like to adopt a dog, discuss its breed with an expert first to make sure that it’s suitable for your household. Dogs which require a lot of exercise can become aggressive if cooped up for too long, and some dog breeds simply aren’t suitable for young children. Neutered dogs are also less aggressive, and puppies can be easier to train as they haven’t yet learned any bad habits such as biting, wrestling, or growling. Be aware when adopting a dog that it could have been treated badly in the past, and this could affect its nature.
Why do people choose dangerous dog breeds?
Even dogs which are listed by the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 can be very friendly and great family pets, depending on their own individual natures. This is why many people mistakenly believe that these breeds aren’t actually dangerous at all, and only have a bad reputation. This can be a fatal mistake, especially if there are young children in the house.
Other people may see dangerous dogs as a status symbol, while others feel that they provide them with personal protection. Although they may indeed provide some protection from human aggressors, always bear in mind that a dog that will attack another person can be very difficult to control.
If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. We all have a responsibility to make sure that our pets are safe for the public, and if they’re not, to ensure that they are kept away from anyone they could hurt.
To find out more about personal injury compensation, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to discuss your individual situation in detail and let you know how much compensation you could possibly receive based on the severity of your injuries. All claims managed by Accident Advice Helpline are on a no win, no fee* basis, usually over the telephone. Claimants will only have to attend court personally in rare cases.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown