What do the latest dog bite statistics mean, and can anything be done to help prevent dog attacks and hence dog bite compensation claims?

The latest data from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that in 2011-12, there were 6447 admissions to hospital for dog bite and strike injuries.

This was a rise of 5.2% on 2010-11. Of all dog bite and strike admissions, 1 in 6 involved a child under the age of 10.

Data released by the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that the number of hospital admissions due to dog bites and strikes rose to 6447 in 2011-12, an increase of 5.2% on the previous year. The age group accounting for the highest number of admissions was the under-10s, with 1040 young children being treated in hospital for dog bite injuries.

Does the increase in the number of dog bite admissions suggest that dogs in the UK are becoming more dangerous, or is it more a of lack of ‘control’ by the owners? Postmen and women are a group who are at high risk of dog attacks, and the Royal Mail have vowed to take a tougher stance against dog owners who cannot control their dogs.

A spokesperson from leading law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, said:

“It is worrying that incidences of dog attacks and bites are rising, and it’s welcome news that postal workers will be offered better protection in law. We are known as a nation of dog-lovers, and control of a dog is a sensitive issue. What would help is more education about how to behave towards a dog, particularly aimed at children, so that these figures don’t rise any further.”

Statistics clearly show that the under-10s suffer mainly facial injuries in a dog attack, with the majority of older people suffering injuries to their hands and body.

Hospital Episode Statistics reported that,

Plastic surgery was the treatment speciality with the highest rate of admissions for all age groups under 70 and was highest for those aged 0 to 9 …… ‘Admission rates in the Trauma and Orthopaedics treatment speciality were increasingly higher in the older age groups (especially 50 to 69) and this is consistent with sustaining more injuries to the hands and body.’

Dog Bite Compensation

Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm and advice provider who deal with a variety of accident injury claims.

For anyone wanting to find out more about making a dog bite compensation claim, their free phone number is 0800 689 0500.

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