The number of police dog attack cases on innocent people is more common than the public think according to solicitor James McNally. McNally specialises in animal injury cases and has calculated that around £800,000 has been paid out in compensation to those injured by police dogs in the last three years. The revelation comes in light of the recent case of 73-year old Irene Collins who was bitten in her home by a police dog and tragically passed away. The dog’s handler is said to be ‘devastated’ by the incident but the fate of the dog responsible has not yet been disclosed.
This is not an isolated case as a recent BBC report showed that there were 150 cases of non-criminals being attacked by police dogs from 2011 to 2013. Many of these victims were innocent children, some as young as ten years old. It is thought that many of the dogs are not destroyed after biting innocent members of the public as it is expensive to train the dogs. However, a dog bite can carry infections and can cause serious injury to those who fall victim to a bite or attack. The Independent Police Complaints Commissioner is investigating the incident involving Irene Collins.
Claiming for animal injuries
If you are a member of the public who has sustained a bite or police dog attack, then you have a right to claim compensation as your safety has been put at risk. The dogs used by police are normally trained for a period of 13 weeks but, if it emerges that the dog was not trained adequately, you may make a claim. You may also make a claim if the attack was completely unprovoked or the dog’s handler failed to control their animal. If you are attacked by any animal which has been unprovoked then you may also make a claim for compensation from the party responsible for handling the animal. Everyone has a right to safety in any environment therefore, in the event that someone else is to blame, you have a right to make a compensation claim.
How we can help you
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in compensation cases where negligence is evident and another party is to blame for someone else’s accident or injury. Dogs and other animals are kept by owners or handlers who have a responsibility to train the animal to be in public places without incident. They are also responsible for controlling their animal. Call Accident Advice Helpline for no-obligation advice on our free 24-hour line – 0800 689 0500 – or contact us via our website.
Source: The Northern Echo