Postmen have been wary of them for years and in fact many have learned to have a trick up their sleeve when being confronted by a snapping dog on the garden path. Or rather perhaps they have a trick in their pocket, where they keep canine treats and biscuits.
Many of those brave guys delivering our mail daily have been victim of a dog attack, by way of a bite to the hand or leg. However, as we’ve seen in the media too often in recent times, some serious dog attacks on people, particularly youngsters, are particularly disturbing. Certain breeds have been singled out in such tragic incidents like the Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler.
Youngsters are victims
The fact is that almost any breed of dog can become violent and ‘turn’ on a human given certain circumstances, its bites and paw talons causing painful lesions to the flesh. Victims of a dog attack can claim through Accident Advice Helpline. Very often they are youngsters because children are often at the same height as the canine. It’s also why youngsters can be bitten in the face and on head. If you’re a dog owner yourself, you know how important it is to instruct children not to tease or poke dogs, particularly if the animal is eating. The dog’s primeval instinct could kick in and think his meal is under threat of being taken.
What to do when you’re a victim of a dog attack
If you or one of your children has been the victim of personal injury from someone’s dog, then you could well have a claim against the animal’s owner. For information on how to go about making a claim call Accident Advice Helpline. In a short 30-second test we will need to establish whether the injury happened in the last three years, you were not to blame and that you required medical attention when you were the victim of a dog attack.
We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, which means from the outset there will be no legal costs to yourself to get the claim up and running. Our lawyer will inform you that, both legally and morally, dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pet under control and not be a nuisance to the public. They should also train it so as not to behave in an aggressive manner.
How much compensation will you receive?
Just how much compensation you may be awarded when you have been the victim of a dog attack will be gauged on the severity of the injuries and the effect both physically and psychologically on the victim, either short or longer term. Compensation will also be given for victim expenses, such as loss of earnings, prescription charges, specialist medical treatment, travel costs and of course money spent on replacing clothes and other property which may have been damaged or destroyed in the dog injury attack.
The claim will be based upon evidence, which is why the incident should be reported to the police. They’ll gather all the information and issue you with a crime number. If the animal has a bit of a history of violence or aggression, then this will obviously strengthen the dog injury compensation claim.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, for more information.
Date Published: 2nd March 2013
Author: David Brown