No one wants a reason to make dog attack injury claims. While most dogs are friendly, some have been involved in attacks on humans – attacks that can result in some nasty injuries. Some breeds have been involved in more attacks than other breeds, but to be honest you never know when any dog might attack. Knowing how you could sustain dog attack injuries may help prevent some attacks, but it may not prevent all situations from potentially occurring. In some cases, it doesn’t matter what you do – a dog may choose to attack for reasons you are unaware of. If you cannot prevent an attack from occurring, you may be left with some nasty injuries, as well as the possibility of emotional and psychological damage from what has happened.
The symptoms of dog attack injuries can include puncture wounds where the dog’s teeth sink into the flesh. Treating dog attack injuries quickly is very important, even if they seem superficial. If the teeth have broken the skin, it is possible to experience an infection caused by bacteria in the dog’s mouth. A tetanus injection is required as early as possible to prevent this. Antibiotics may also be given. So, be sure to seek medical advice as quickly as you can if this has happened. It is far easier to prevent an infection by being appropriately treated as early as possible, than to treat the infection once it has taken hold.
You may also benefit from seeking advice regarding any emotional fallout you might experience following an attack by a dog. It is understandable to be nervous of going out after something like this happens. You may feel scared whenever you see another dog following the attack, particularly if a dog is off the lead. You may not be keen on seeing any other dogs of that same breed, either. Do make sure you mention this to your GP, as they may be able to recommend counselling.
A frightening situation
Even when the physical scars heal, it is common to be left with long-term effects of dog attack injuries, as we have just seen. These can include feelings of panic and anxiety whenever you are close to another dog, even if it is not the same breed as the one involved in the attack. You may feel nervous even when that dog is on a lead. Some people suffer more badly than others in this situation – there is no way to tell how you might be affected unless this happens to you.
You might also suffer nightmares about what happened. Some people may require counselling to try and help them cope with this aspect of the attack. This isn’t something everyone is prepared for, and yet it can potentially be more debilitating than the physical injuries. Of course, there is the chance to suffer permanent damage from the dog bites, too, such as nerve damage and other internal injuries.
While many physical injuries will heal, it is common to be left with scars. If the bites are deep, they can break bones and cause other internal injuries to tendons and ligaments, too, and perhaps even muscles. Getting urgent treatment will help ensure you have the best outcome. The severity of the bites and the damage done will be considered when making dog attack injury claims. Furthermore, any professional counselling you receive will provide evidence of the emotional fallout from an attack. This too can be considered when making dog attack injury claims.
The unpredictability of a dog attack makes it a hard event to get over. You can never completely avoid dogs afterwards, since you never know when you might meet one walking along with its owner. Getting over the physical injuries is therefore only one part of coping and recovering from the attack – the emotional injuries can be much harder to deal with as you try and get back on your feet again.
Discover more about making dog attack injury claims now
Since you’re reading about dog attack injury claims, it could be you’ve been attacked recently, or your child has suffered from a dog bite or attack. Claiming for dog attack injuries doesn’t have to be complicated, but it helps to seek no-obligation advice as soon as you can. However, there is a three-year period in place for adults, so even if the attack was a while back, there could still be time to make dog attack injury claims. Moreover, you can claim for your child’s injuries up until the date of their 18th birthday, at which point the three-year rule comes into play, so there could be more time to work with there, too.
Help when you need it
If you are worried about the cost of making a claim for dog attack injuries, don’t be. Accident Advice Helpline approaches all claims on a no-win, no-fee* basis. You can learn more about this by calling us now on 0800 689 0500. You can also ring on your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Whatever you do, make sure you are well placed to benefit from our advice, if a legal claim for compensation does turn out to be a possibility in your case. When you call our team for no-obligation advice, you are in a great position to find out whether a claim would work for you, and that means you can look to the future with more confidence.
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