Advice for dog owners
If you own a dog then you will no doubt have received lots of advice from the breeder or rescue centre you got your dog from, as well as your vet or veterinary nurse. However, do you have any idea what your legal responsibilities are when it comes to owning a dog?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline our Liverpool accident claim solicitors work on a number of cases each year involving clients who have been injured as a result of dog attacks. When we deal with such cases we don’t always see the same sort of dogs – while there are some breeds who are ultimately more dangerous in terms of their natural aggression than others – no one breed is particularly “dangerous” or more predisposed to attacking humans.
The fact is the one thing that all these cases have in common, or so our Liverpool accident claim solicitors believe, is that the owners have failed in their duty to ensure the safety of members of the public.
When it comes to cases where people have been attacked by dogs, invariably, the owner of the dog is found to be guilty of a breach in their duty of care. Our Liverpool accident claim solicitors explain why:
“Dog owners are the best people to know what their dog is like – they spend every day with them and they get to know their own little pet hates, pardon the pun, and things that are likely to make them nervous. A nervous dog is an unpredictable dog, and that is when attacks often happen.”
Consequently our Liverpool accident claim solicitors are often able to argue that if a dog owner knows that their beloved family pet is scared of loud noises or is easily startled then it makes sense, from a public safety point of view, to take precautions to minimise the possibility of anyone being injured as a result.
It is not practical to only take your dog out when it is quiet – no one can ever guarantee complete silence. It is also not practicable to try to keep your dog away from other people who may startle it – people can be just as unpredictable as dogs. So what do you do?
According to our Liverpool accident claim solicitors you should ensure that you try to train your dog to behave differently. If for no other reason than to alleviate their distress. While you are working on this you should take steps to avoid people being injured should your dog become agitated. This will include keeping them on a lead at all times and muzzling them.
Can our Liverpool accident claim solicitors help you?
If you have been injured as a result of a dog attack, and think that the owner of the dog is to blame, then take our 30 second test to see how much our Liverpool accident claim solicitors can claim on your behalf.