Injuries due to Dog Bites
Often known as “man’s best friend”, owning a dog can be wonderful as they provide a comfort, a companion and a loyal ally who will guard the home and family. It is estimated that there are over 13 million dogs owned as pets in the UK.
In many cases, dogs are well trained and pose no threat. However, dog attacks are also sadly very common and although a reported 3,800 people were treated for dog bites in the UK in 2007, experts suggest that under 50% of people bitten or injured by dogs would actually report the incident or seek medical attention.
The behaviour of a dog is often attributed to its’ owner and under current regulations a person who is injured by a dog has the right to make a compensation claim West Kilbride towards the owner of the animal.
In many cases, it may be that the owner is criminally prosecuted, however this course of action would be unlikely to recognise the injuries of or be able to provide financial support to the victim. Therefore, if you have incurred medical expenses or been forced to take time away from work in order to recover from your injuries then you could be left financially worse off if you decide not to make a compensation claim West Kilbride.
It is estimated that 70% of people are attacked by a dog they know with children being significantly more likely to receive serious injuries as a result.
Of course, any dog can turn and the dog in question does not need to have a history of aggression or poor temperament to be a threat. Any number of factors could lead to a change in personality which could see a dog lashing out:
- Being disturbed or shocked
- Being over-excited where the bit is a mistake
- Possessiveness of a person, object or place
- Removing a favourite toy, item of food or object.
Many people going about their working lives report dog attacks. These could include postal workers. However, in addition to situations where a dog is in their own home, there are also those where a dog is not being controlled. In addition, a dog which has been let off their lead in a public area or who has escaped their confines may form a particularly large risk.
Making a Compensation in Claim in West Kilbride
From being knocked over by a large dog and suffering bruises cuts or broken bones as a result to receiving a bite for which you need stitches or other hospital treatment, there are many injuries which could be caused as the result of a dog attack.
If you have received injuries then you have the right to seek a compensation claim in West Kilbride.
For over 13 years’, Accident Advice Helpline has been providing support to people just like you as they make a compensation claim in West Kilbride. Our services are offered on a No Win No Fee basis and our 30 second test could quickly establish the validity of your claim.