We know your loved ones matter the most – and dogs are at the heart of many families in Essex and beyond. Unfortunately, hundreds of people are bitten by dogs every year, with injuries sustained from ‘man’s best friend’ ranging from minor puncture wounds to fatal infections. Children are more susceptible to dog attacks, too. Our team of personal injury specialists can help you receive the compensation you deserve for injuries caused by a dog attack.
Dogs make ideal family pets because they are generally kind-natured, loving and provide great companionship. When cared for properly, our furry friends are gentle with both adults and children – there is little risk of harm. However, dogs that are not well looked after or controlled can become aggressive in nature.
Even dogs who are cared for well can attack humans. As dogs are household pets it is probably no surprise to learn that the majority of dog attacks take place inside the family home, by family pets. If the unthinkable happens and you or a loved one are attacked by a dog in any of these scenarios, what can you do?
Hundreds of people are bitten by dogs every year – resulting in a range of injuries. Many of these victims don’t know that they could be entitled to compensation.
The most typical dog attack injuries are cuts and wounds, causing swelling, infection or scarring. Some victims experience fever, sweats or chills, not to mention the lasting psychological impact caused by these incidents. In extreme cases, dog attacks can be fatal.
We have all seen the distressing “Dog Bites Child” headlines in the newspapers. Unfortunately, children are at particular risk from dog attacks. In fact, 9 year olds make up 20% of those referred to hospital with canine bites. Dogs, much like humans, can become unpredictable and aggressive which can be a very unpleasant experience for the victim and their family.
As a response to high numbers of incidents, injuries and fatalities caused by uncontrolled and violent dogs, the UK Government passed the Dangerous Dogs Act. Introduced in the summer of 1991, its aim was to reduce this unprecedented number of accidents and protect humans from the effects of dangerous dogs – particularly children. See more about the Dangerous Dogs Act here.
As set out in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, there are a list of “Specially Controlled Dogs” that are illegal to own in the UK without court exemption. These breeds (and cross-breeds) include: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro. There is more information about banned dogs available on the Government website.
The amount of compensation you can claim varies case by case, depending on the injuries sustained and the length of your recovery. Our team of personal injury solicitors have considerable experience in dealing with these claims, ranging from attacks on visitors to attacks on tradesmen. The dog’s owner is often liable for not safeguarding members of the public, or simply for failing to safely control their animal. We will do the best we can to recover damages for you and process the claim as quickly as possible, while keeping you informed of any developments. If you or a loved has suffered a dog attack contact us today.
Here at Essex Personal Injury Lawyers, our team of personal injury solicitors have had considerable experience dealing with a range of dog attack claims. We will work with the victim to recover damages and make the claim process as quick as possible to the best of our ability.
Whether you have any questions or want to find out what you could be entitled to, please get in touch today to find out more about making a claim and how we can support you.Contact Us