A postman bitten by a dog in Sandiacre, South Derbyshire, was left with claw marks and puncture wounds to his arms and back. He later had to see his GP for a tetanus jab and a course of antibiotics.
German Shepherd Tyson, owned by Unjum Bala, sank his teeth into the postie as he delivered mail at 12.45 on 11th June 2014. The dog bit the postman on his back and his left elbow and the postman was initially not going to pursue a court case, but he later called the police, who questioned and investigated Miss Bala, the dog’s owner.
Miss Bala at first denied witnessing the attack, but later admitted to the offence, pleading guilty to owning a dangerously out of control dog. She was ordered to pay £85 in costs, £450 compensation and a £20 victim surcharge as well as a £153 fine. The dog, Tyson, now has a contingency dog destruction order in place, meaning he must be on a lead or muzzled in public places. If he attacks someone again, he may have to be put down.
Royal Mail Group Director of Health and Safety, Shaun Davis, said, “Dog attacks are a significant hazard faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. Nobody should have to endure this and our postmen and women along with people who work in the community, should not be at increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.”
Have you been the victim of a dog attack?
If you are a postman bitten by a dog, you may be considering making a claim for compensation and it’s important to report the attack to the police, so that they can investigate what has happened. There is normally a three year time limit in place to make a claim, so contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident is a good idea. They will be able to establish who is to blame for your accident and get you the compensation you deserve.
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Contact Accident Advice Helpline right now, to find out how we can help you claim compensation for your injuries. We have been in the personal injury industry since 2000 and have helped hundreds of customers claim compensation for injuries sustained at work, such as being bitten by a dog. However you have been injured, we can help, so call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown