Dog Attack/Bite Personal Injury Compensation Claim in Scole
Dog attacks can be terrifying and have a devastating impact on all those involved. Sadly, children are the most likely group at risk from dog attacks. In 2007, eight people, six of whom were children died as a result of dog attacks. Thousands more people, including children, are attacked by dogs every year and in the year ending April 2012, there were 6,450 hospital admissions from dog bites, a rise of 5.2% on the previous 12 months.
If you have suffered injuries in a dog attack, Accident Advice Helpline are here to assist you with your personal injury compensation claim in Scole.
Common Dog Attack Injuries
The most common types of injuries seen in dog attacks are:
- Facial injuries
- Hands and lower body injuries
The majority of people involved in dog attacks are most likely to be bitten on the face. These types of injuries often involve facial or oral surgery- and even plastic surgery. As well as the physical injuries and scarring, dog attack victims may suffer from psychological injury.
Who is liable for a dog attack?
It is the responsibility of the dog owner to make sure their dog behaves in public. A dog should be on a lead when in designated pedestrian areas and held by someone able to control the dog.
It’s against the law for a dog owner to allow a dog be out of control in a public place and also a private place where it has not been invited. A dog is considered to be out of control if it behaves in an aggressive or threatening manner or injures someone. For example, if your neighbour’s dog jumps over the garden fence and attacks you, it is clearly out of control and your neighbour is liable for the dog’s actions.
What to do after a dog attack?
Your top priority will be to receive medical help for your injuries; no matter how minor you think they are, it’s essential to seek medical attention because you never know if the injury could become more serious. You will also need to have medical evidence if you wish to make a compensation claim in Scole. You should also do the following:
- Report the attack to the Police.
- If possible, identify the owner of the dog and the owners address
- Write down the details of all witnesses
- Take photographs of your injury/scarring as soon as possible
- If the dog attack happened at work, report the accident to your manager and complete an accident at work form.
- Keep a note and receipts of all expenses incurred as a direct result of the dog bite.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, call Accident Advice Helpline on 08000 689 0500 to discuss your compensation claim in Scole. We are committed to making sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
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Date Published: 15th August 2013
Author: David Brown