In recent years, we at Accident Advice Helpline have received increased requests for ‘postman bitten by dog advice’. We are always happy to help victims of such attacks, especially if they seek to claim compensation for the injuries they sustained.
Over 1000 postal workers are attacked by dogs every year. This is not surprising considering their job involves visiting private properties and some of these may keep dogs. Depending on the severity of the attack, the unfortunate victims are left nursing various injuries. These range from minor cuts and scratches, to loss of fingers and serious wounds on the hands, legs and ankles. Sometimes, the attacks can be fatal.
Basis of the claim
As a postman who has been bitten by a dog, you might have legitimate grounds for making a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can only help you if the injuries caused by the attack were serious enough to warrant medical treatment. Additionally, the dog should have bitten you within the last three years and you should have done nothing to provoke the attack.
Since you are the victim in this case, you bear the responsibility of proving that the dog owner (or another third party) was negligent and failed in their duty of care to control the dog and to protect you. If the dog had a history of aggressive behaviour or had been deemed dangerous in the past, then the dog owner might be held liable for the accident.
In some instances, you can argue that your employer also had a duty to protect you. This might be the case if your employer knew about the household or dog in question and failed to warn you about the danger it presented. Furthermore, you can argue that your employer should have given you adequate training to help you deal with situations such as dog attacks.
Postman bitten by dog compensation claims can be complex, especially when it comes to proving liability. That is why you need the help of Accident Advice Helpline. We are one of the most trusted personal injury law firms in the UK and we have the skills, experience and manpower to assist you with your claim.
What you need to do
The first thing you need to do after being bitten by a dog is to seek medical treatment. You should do this regardless of the extent of your injuries. Even small dog bites can become infected and you need to prevent this.
The next step you should take is to report the accident to your employer, since the incident happened while you were discharging your duties. Ensure that it is recorded in the company’s accident book and retain a copy of the report. You also ought to report the attack to the police.
Next, take photos of your injuries and gather as much evidence as you can on the attack. Present whatever evidence you have to one of our personal injury solicitors and initiate the claim process.
If you want more reliable and professional postman bitten by dog advice, get in touch with us on 0800 180 4123 today.
Date Published: January 12, 2014
Author: David Brown