Craig Cooper, 37, from Leigh, was walking home from a night out when he was bitten by a police dog. He has been left with painful wounds and was forced to take time off work from his job as a landscape gardener after the police dog attack.
The police offer handling the dog arrived on scene and called an ambulance. It is thought that the dog and his handler were looking for a man in connection with an assault in the area and they had been chasing a suspect in fields behind Mr Cooper’s house.
He commented, “I’m still in shock. Only the week before we were walking home from a party with my little lad out in front. If it had been the week before he wouldn’t have stood a chance. I’ve got two wounds on my leg that they couldn’t glue or stitch, so they are just open. They will heal but at the moment they are very painful and they keep bleeding.”
Mr Cooper has filed a formal complaint with the police and hopes to receive compensation for his loss of earnings after the police dog attack.
Claiming compensation from the police
If you have been injured in an accident involving police officers or police dogs, you may be feeling daunted at the prospect of claiming compensation; there’s no need to be. Your local police force have procedures in place to deal with claims for compensation and a reputable personal injury lawyer can help you to establish whether the police are to blame for your injuries. If you decide to go ahead with a claim, you could receive compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings – the amount you receive will depend on your individual situation.
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