They say that dogs are a man’s best friend, but sometimes this isn’t always the case. It is difficult to know precisely how many people are bitten by dogs in the course of a year as only the most serious of injuries require medical treatment, but according to the NHS they treat approximately 6,000 dog bites per annum.
If you have been bitten by a dog then you might be able to make a compensation claim West Haddon.
How to avoid dog bites
It sounds obvious, but you should not approach a dog you do not know, as there is no way of guaranteeing it is a “safe” and friendly dog.
If you come across a dog that is showing signs of aggression, for example, growling, barking or showing its teeth, the best thing to do is obviously not approach it, but equally, stand still so as not to further anger or excite it. Do not make eye contact.
Don’t be tempted to run away from a dog you are wary of as this can sometimes cause them to give chase, and will just make the situation worse.
Despite following these simple guidelines people still find that they are attacked by dogs, and want to find out how to make a compensation claim in West Haddon.
What you should do if you are bitten by a dog
In the first instance, get yourself to a place of safety, away from the dog in question.
You should then seek medical attention if necessary. Clean the wound immediately to help stop the spread of infection, encourage the wound to bleed freely by squeezing the edges together, and if necessary take some over the counter painkillers to help ease the discomfort.
Even if the bite looks fairly small, and you think it will heal alright on its own, it is often best to still seek medical attention as infections can set in and you may need to be treated with antibiotics. It is best to get yourself fully checked out to be on the safe side.
You will also need to arrange to have your tetanus brought up to date if you have not already done so recently.
Depending on the seriousness of the bite and the attack you have been subjected to it is normally a good idea to contact the Police to advise them of the situation.
How to make a compensation claim in West Haddon
When you are recovered enough from your dog bite you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to start making your compensation claim in West Haddon.
We will be able to give you the best possible advice, and then put you in touch with one of our specialist solicitors. Our solicitors all operate on a no win, no fee* basis which means you can be confident that you are under no financial risk at all.
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Date Published: 9th September 2013
Author: David Brown