About 200,000 dog bite injuries take place every year across the UK, and if you have been injured by a dog you could be able to claim compensation.
The specialist Dog Bite Solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler have vast experience of dealing with claims relating to dog bite injuries, helping clients get financial compensation to help cover any medical fees, loss of earnings and rehabilitation costs.
Affectionately known as man’s best friend, dogs are very much part of our society. Although the exact figure isn’t known, the RSPCA estimates that there are 8.5 million dogs in the UK.
While most dogs are well-behaved family pets that pose little or no threat to people; it’s inevitable that from time-to-time incidents involving canines and the general population will occur.
Statistics show that dog bites and dog attacks are the two most common types of animal injury claims that are made.
Between March 20014 and February 2016, 7,227 people needed medical attention after being bitten or struck by a dog – a figure which was up from 4,110 in the corresponding period 10 years ago.
The team of specialist lawyers here at Lanyon Bowdler have vast experience of dealing with claims relating to dog bite injuries, helping clients get financial compensation to help cover any medical fees, loss of earnings and rehabilitation costs.
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If you have been injured as a result of a dog bite, your priority will of course be to seek medical treatment for your injuries. But if you can, it’s important to try to gather as much information about the attack as possible, including the breed of the dog and the owner’s contact details.
However, if that’s not possible, it’s a good idea to contact the team at Lanyon Bowdler as soon as you can for initial legal advice on your potential dog bite claim.
Dog bites can be very serious, leaving victims with permanent injuries - both physical and psychological. Every dog owner is potentially liable for the behaviour of their dog, so the person injured has a legal right to compensation claims following accidents with animals, if an attack is due to the negligence of the dog owner or the person handling the dog at the time, or if the dog has exhibited aggressive behaviour in the past.
Yet many people involved in dog attacks are unaware they can make dog bite claims.
For a dog bite compensation claim to be successful, you must be able to prove that the owner of the dog was responsible for the actions of the animal, and/or has been negligent in some way. Simply being bitten by a dog does not mean that the owner has been negligent. It would need to be demonstrated that the dog owner was aware that the dog attack could happen and failed to take adequate steps to prevent it.
The team of specialist Dog Bite Solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler have vast experience of dealing with claims relating to dog bite injuries, helping clients get financial compensation to help cover any medical fees, loss of earnings and rehabilitation costs.
Get in touch with us by phone today to talk about what happened to you, and we’ll help you decide what the next steps are. Alternatively, complete the enquiry form on this page and we’ll call you back.
The Dangerous Dogs Act came into force in 1991 and states that Pit Bull Terriers (Pit Bull Type), Japanese Tosas and Fila Brasileiros must always be muzzled and on a lead when in a public place. These breeds have all been judged to be legally “dangerous” and therefore any injury will lead to compensation being awarded, regardless of any previous incidents.
According to information released by the Royal Mail during their Dog Awareness Week in July 2019, 2,484 postal workers were bitten by dogs in the previous year, up 9% in the last 12 months. When you consider that this is 44 attacks per week on average, it is clearly a major problem.
The rise in dog bite injuries has been more pronounced in certain postcodes where more aggressive dog breeds have become fashionable. The worst areas for attacks in 2018 were Torquay, Stockport, Oldham, St Albans, Slough, Colchester, Blackburn, Llandudno, Hemel Hempstead and Hull.
While serious injuries by a dog are thankfully quite rare, on average a third of bites require medical attention and approximately two per month require hospital attendance.
Changes to the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, which came into force in May 2014, removed the distinction between dog biting incidents taking place in public and non-public places. So now, it is now a criminal offence no matter where the incident takes place.
Owners face unlimited fines and even prison if their dog bites anyone on their property – and that doesn’t just include postal workers or delivery drivers.
It is not the postman or delivery driver’s responsibility to prevent your dog from biting them through the letterbox. The responsibility is on the dog owner. If your dog is likely to try to bite or snatch through the letterbox, you must take steps to protect visitors to your property from being injured.
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