Pet owners have a rapport with their animals and would dismiss any idea of their pet being anything other than tender, loving and gentle. However, animals are unpredictable and can often turn for no apparent reason, catching people off guard. If an animal feels threatened or is acting in self-defence, it may behave out of character. This does not mean that such behaviour can be excused, and the victim of a dog attack has a right to compensation. Some bites and scratches can cause serious illness and permanent internal damage.
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When discussing the details of an attack with a personal injury lawyer, it is important to specify if the incident took place whilst the animal was on a lead or whilst it was retained in an enclosed area. It could even have happened whilst the animal was running lose. This is an important factor which will decide whether there is a case to be answered to.
A personal injury lawyer in Builth Wells will also want to know if an owner tried to physically hold back an animal, or or if any commands were shouted to calm the dog. Trying to recall such details can be very upsetting, but any evidence which can be used to discredit the dog owner will certainly work in your favour. If the injuries were serious enough to require a stay in hospital or time off work, the amount of compensation will increase.
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There may be even deeper issues connected to such an attack, especially if the dog appeared to be mangy, unhealthy or undernourished. This points to neglect. If you feel that the dog attacked as a result of inhumane treatment, it is important to voice these concerns. A dog may become aggressive if he is being beaten, starved or encouraged to fight other animals for monetary gain.
Regardless of the many circumstances which can surround a dog attack, such an injury should never be neglected even if it appears minor. If you have any doubts with regard to consulting a personal injury lawyer, Accident Advice helpline have a freephone number to call on: 0800 689 0500. Give us a ring to discuss the events surrounding your dog attack.
Prevention is better than cure. Taking legal action against the owner of an unpredictable dog could stop others being injured in the future. Who knows, next time it could be a small child who is hurt or a vulnerable pensioner? Take action now and you could save a life!
Date Published: 8th January 2014
Author: David Brown