Most people imagine that only dogs classified as dangerous by the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 are a problem. It may seem hard to believe, but even our friendly family pets can turn at times, especially when there are children involved. Just recently, there was a tragic case of a four-year-old girl being attacked and killed by her family pet. In this case, this dog in question did happen to be a breed mentioned in the Dangerous Dogs Act, but really the propensity of a dog to bite depends on its own individual nature.
Why do some dogs bite?
It can be very difficult for us to understand how a friendly pet could ever turn against one of the family, but that is perhaps because we treat our pets like they really are part of the family. We forget sometimes that they are animals, and don’t have the same morality or rationality that we do. Children are more likely to be bitten firstly because they are small and secondly because they may handle the animal in a way that is irritating or confusing to it.
What to do if you have been bitten by someone else’s dog
Everyone has a responsibility for their own animals. It’s extremely rare that a dog would turn on any human being without ever having displayed violent tendencies before. In the case of the 14-year-old girl in Lancashire who was scarred for life by her grandmother’s Rottweiler, neighbours reported having seen the dog attempting to attack people on several occasions. If we suspect that our dog may be dangerous, we have a responsibility to take steps to protect other people from it.
If you have been bitten by someone else’s dangerous dog, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence for their pain, suffering, and for the financial losses incurred by the injury. If someone has allowed their dangerous dog to bite you, it is likely that this would be considered gross negligence.
To find out more about personal injury compensation and to make a claim on a no win, no fee* basis, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to discuss your individual situation with you in detail and will let you know how much compensation you could potentially receive based on the severity of your injuries.Open Claim Calculator