There has been a significant rise in the number of attacks by dogs that have occurred over the last two-year period, according to statistics concerning Ipswich Hospital. The statistics came to light following a freedom of information request. The statistics covered the period from 2007 to 2013, and they show an increase for every single year during that period of time.
Back in 2007 the total number of people injured in dog attacks that were treated at Ipswich Hospital was 138. By 2013 this number had increased to 241 – an increase of more than 100 cases.
The dog attack statistics also recorded 229 cases that had occurred for the first nine months of 2014. With just three months left to go in terms of statistics, there is a possibility this year’s figure could once again exceed the previous year.
The dog attack statistics data does not go beyond the basic numbers, so it is not known whether some of these were relating to injuries caused by playing with the family pet where the injury was not maliciously caused. However one trainer in Suffolk said she believes the rise is partly due to people not managing their pets properly.
How common are dog attacks?
Many dog attacks hit the headlines because of their severity. Indeed some attacks in recent memory have resulted in either serious injuries and in some cases death. However we do not always hear about less severe injuries, even though these too can have a profound effect on the people involved.
Many may be scared of dogs from that point on, and don’t like to go near them for obvious reasons. As such the scars from such an attack could be mental as well as physical. Either way they can last for a very long time after the attack itself.
Could you be in a position to claim compensation for an attack?
In order for a compensation claim to be considered there must be evidence that negligence was involved. This can sometimes be difficult to ascertain, but you don’t have to struggle to get answers on your own.
The team of professional injury compensation lawyers at AAH can determine the facts involved in your particular case now. Call us on the free 24/7 enquiry line we have set up for you. You’ll have the ability to speak to us about your case and there’s no obligation in doing so.
Source: Ipswich Star
Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown