Dog Bite And Dog Attack Compensation Claims
Although the exact figure is not known, many people each year fall victim to attacks and bites from dogs. In many cases, this means that a compensation claim is valid.
Many dog attacks come within family homes by a family dog, although some people can be attacked by stray dogs or those belonging to other people. If this happens, a compensation claim can be made against the owner.
Dog attacks can cause serious injuries, including cuts, scratches and bruises often to the hands or face and often leading to permanent scarring or even disfigurement and psychological trauma. There is also a risk of infection, and it is important to get a tetanus injection afterwards. Dog bites abroad should also be reported, as there may be an increased risk of rabies, which can be a fatal condition.
Some dogs are considered more dangerous than others. Often, larger breeds of dog such as Alsatians, German Shepherds, Dobermans and Rottweilers are thought of as dangerous. The Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) 1991 lists other breeds, including Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, and Dogo Argentinos as particularly dangerous dogs.
However, this list is not exhaustive, and any kind of dog can have the potential to attack or bite a human being leading to a valid dog bite claim.
Some people may be more at risk of suffering a dog attack or bite at work. These can include:
- Delivery people and postmen and women.
- Home call helpers or carers.
- Police officers and police dog handlers.
- Maintenance and repair workers.
Police Dog Attacks
According to a BBC investigation in early 2014, there have been at least 150 reported incidents of police dogs attacking or biting innocent people during the past three years. If you have been attacked or bitten by a police dog, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against the police force which is responsible for the animal.
Whilst attacks by regular pet or stray dogs are not uncommon, people much less expect to be bitten or attacked by a police dog. However, a BBC investigation published in early 2014 has suggested that over the previous three years, there have been at least 150 reported cases of innocent people being attacked by police dogs. If you have been attacked by a police dog, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against the police force who was in charge of the dog.
Dog attack injuries
Police dogs are typically large and powerful creatures, and they are specially trained to either hunt for illegal substances, or to help police to catch and restrain suspected criminals. As such, they are handled by extremely skilled officers. If a police dog attacks the wrong person, severe injuries can be caused, including:
- Deep cuts or gashes.
These injuries may cause further problems if they become infected, so immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of a police dog bite or attack. If such injuries are left untreated, it can cause long lasting or even permanent damage.
The BBC report indicated that since 2011, police dog attacks have resulted in £770,000 of compensation to victims.
Contact Nigel Askew Solicitor
If you have suffered an injury because of a dog attack or bite, contact me today using the online form, or by calling 01507 609027. If you have been attacked or bitten by a police dog and were not the intended target of the dog's attentions, you may be eligible to make a claim. I will be able to evaluate your case for free on a no obligation basis.