Many of the Stafford claims for personal injuries that we help people to process here at AAH are in respect of injuries received, having been attacked by a dog. Dog attacks are far more prevalent than most people realise. In just 1 year there are over 200,000 dog attacks in the UK, some of which result in minor injuries, and some more severe.
Dog attacks can take place anywhere
You can be attacked by dogs anywhere, including:
- Where you work
- When delivering something to a private address
- In a playground
- In any public space
- In someone’s home
Dog owners have a duty of care
Dog owners have a duty of care, not only to the general public, but to their pet dogs as well, to ensure that the dog does not pose a threat. They should be kept on a lead at all times when out amongst the public, and when let off the lead, in a public park for example, should be muzzled if there is any danger that they might bite.
What to claim for
As well as being able to claim compensation for the actual injury and the pain that it causes, you can also claim for the effect the attack has on your life. For example, as well as the physical trauma, you could also suffer from mental trauma which could leave you with a fear of dogs for the rest of your life. In addition, if the injury is serious enough to keep you from work, you may also be able to claim compensation for loss of earnings. In some instances, you can claim compensation for the cost of any private medical care taken to aid recovery.
Follow this procedure if bitten by a dog
If you’ve been attacked and bitten by a dog, then you should:
- Inform the police of the attack and make a note of the reference number that they allocate to the incident.
- Establish who owns the dog and obtain their name, and if possible, their address details.
- Make a note of the names and addresses of any witnesses to the attack you may call upon later to provide confirmation.
- Take photographs of the injury you sustained at the earliest opportunity.
- Go and see your doctor for a medical examination and get a tetanus jab if necessary.
- Appoint a personal injury claim solicitor to help you launch your claim.
Using AAH for Stafford claims
In terms of appointing a specialist injury claim solicitor for Stafford claims why not choose us here at the AAH? As one of the nation’s leading injury claim solicitors, when you employ our services, you will benefit from:
- Use of our industry leading no win no fee service as recommended by people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
- Use of our free online 30-second HOW MUCH compensation calculator.
- Access to our unrivalled customer support service.
- Use of our free 24/7 helpline accessible from any landline on 0800 180 4123, or a mobile on 0333 500 0992.
Date Published: 30th June 2014