Over 200,000 dog attacks happen in the UK each year, with 3,800 of them being serious enough to require treatment in the accident and emergency department of the local hospital. Although a dog can attack anyone, young children are at a heightened risk. Unfortunately we have seen too many cases in the news of children suffering horrific injuries – and in some cases fatalities – as the result of dog attacks.
Have you been bitten by a dog? Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors May Be Able To Help
The Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 requires owners of certain breeds to register their pets and follow strict guidelines in keeping them. Failure to do so can result in prosecution. These breeds include Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Agentinos and Fila Brazillieros – the Japanese, Argentinean and Brazilian Mastiff respectively.
Why not contact us at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors and learn how we can help you claim compensation for your injuries from a dog attack.
The physical and psychological effects of a dog attack can be horrific. Physical injuries can include skin lacerations and punctures, tissue loss, fractured bones, scarring, nerve damage and infection. Psychological effects are common too, especially amongst children. Conditions such as phobia development and post-traumatic stress disorder can occur, as well as conditions brought on by physical scarring such as depression and fear of dogs.
It is important to note that although dog attack compensation claims are not that easy to make, they can be successful if certain criteria is met. In most successful cases it is proved that the dog had some history of aggression that the owner knew about. This can include a previous dog bite incident that was reported to the police. It is for this reason that all dog bites are reported to the police. If the owner fails to control a dog with an aggressive history in public then they can be held liable for the injury. The exception to this rule is when the breed of dog involved is one included in the list above. The nature of these breeds means that they are required to be constantly muzzled in public. Any attack by these breeds and the owner will face serious charges and the possible loss of the dog.
What to do if you have been attacked by a dog
Below is a list of steps to take if you have been involved in a dog attack:
- Identify the dog owners name and address
- Take the name and address of any witnesses
- Report the incident to the police – you may not be the first victim, even if you are, you may be helping other possible victims.
- Have your injuries inspected by a medical professional immediately, photograph them too.
If your claim is successful then the dog bite, injury or attack compensation awarded will be paid out by either the owners’ pet or home insurance policy. In some cases, it may be possible to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority depending on the circumstances.
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If you have been the victim of a dog attack then please call today. We are skilled professionals who have handled many cases like yours, providing victims with compensation for their injuries. If you want help making a dog bite claim for compensation, call Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors for professional advice and assistance.
Here at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors we have vast experience in dealing with animal attack claims. We can provide you with a top lawyer who is a specialist in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the compensation you are entitled to.
Call 0800 2800 976 or 01625 667 166, from mobiles, or contact us now at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors and talk to one of our team about your dog bite claim.