Figures released to the Guardian recently revealed that on average, over five people a week are bitten by police dogs in London. Over the last three years, 827 people have been bitten, with police dog bite compensation from the Met totalling £243, 363 over the three year period. That’s more than double the police dog bite compensation payments of £95,000 over the previous three years.
In one case, a man suspected of motorbike theft was restrained by police officers – a dog was set on him despite the fact he was restrained on the ground. The dog bit off a chunk of his ear and although he was convicted of motorbike theft, he received a five-figure sum in compensation. The police often pay compensation and don’t admit liability, so practices don’t change and police officers aren’t disciplined.
61-year-old Bill Gatenby, who was bitten by a police dog in Northumberland in 2007, waited five years for compensation. During the incident, he was forced to the ground by a police officer and attacked by a police dog, leaving him with serious arm injuries.
Have you been bitten by a police dog?
If you have been attacked by a police dog, your injuries could range from minor to very serious, and could include lacerations, bruising and infection. In serious cases you may even suffer lasting damage to tendons and muscles, which could impact your ability to work. The good news is that you may be eligible to claim compensation, provided you make a claim within a three year period. The amount you receive will usually take into account your pain and suffering, any medical costs and loss of earnings you have experienced from time off work to recover from your injuries.
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Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown