Anybody who decides to keep a large, potentially aggressive dog has a responsibility to make sure it stays contained within their property and is properly restrained when out and about. They should also display signs warning visitors that they have a powerful pooch on the premises. In some cases, even this might not be enough to ward off action from a personal injury lawyer in Redbourn if said dog ended up biting a visitor, but it will go some way to making sure that the beast is unable to get free to attack passing pedestrians.
Large dogs and injuries
Imagine, if you will, that on a nice sunny day you decide to take a walk into town to meet a friend for a drink. You leave your house and make your way along your street. After around 100 yards, you pass by a house that always has a large dog barking in its garden. You’ve often thanked your lucky stars that it’s always securely tied up behind a tall fence.
On this occasion, however, the dog is not tied up. It runs over to the fence, barking as you pass, and then manages to wriggle through a hole in the wire mesh fencing. It bounds over to you and sinks its teeth deep into your leg.
The dog’s owner comes to your rescue, but not before some serious damage is done. You have to go to hospital to have your wound treated. A number of stiches are required. Under these circumstances, you may well be able to retain the services of a decent 100% no win no fee* personal injury lawyer in Redbourn with a view to suing the dog owner for compensation.
As the dog owner would have had a responsibility to make sure that their animal was not a risk to the public, you may be entitled to a payout of several thousands of pounds. If the dog owner had pet insurance and had not breached the terms and exclusions of their policy, it would be more than likely that the provider would foot your compensation bill.
Get expert advice
If you’ve been bitten by a dog that was not properly contained or restrained at the time of the incident, talking to Accident Advice Helpline about a first-rate personal injury lawyer in Redbourn might be well worth your while. Pick up the phone today and dial 0800 689 0500, it could be the most profitable phone call you ever make.
Date Published: 1st March 2014
Author: David Brown