Claims Of Dogs Attack While often considered man’s best friend, dogs can also cause serious injuries and even death when they attack people. If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, you may be entitled to make a claim. News reports have shown babies and toddlers being mauled by family pets or relatives' dogs, and that is why there are strict laws regarding certain breeds and characteristics. Certain breeds of dogs were responsible for a spate of serious attacks in 1991, leading to the Dangerous Dog Act.
By adopting this law, the government is ensuring the public's safety and preventing similar attacks in the future. There are certain types of dogs that cannot be owned, except those in the Index of Exempt Dogs: – Pit Bull Terrier Japanese Tosa Dogo Argentino Fila Brasileiro In accordance with DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) these dog types are not classified by breed, but by type, meaning that if a dog fits the physical characteristics of one of these four breeds, it can and will be prosecuted. Compensation for dog bites You are likely to be able to make a personal injury claim for your dog attack injuries if your dog meets the physical characteristics of one of these breeds.
A dog with an aggressive history is also likely to succeed if the owner did not take adequate steps to protect the public by using muzzles or keeping it on a lead. This law applies to all dog owners not just owners of these four breeds. It is illegal for ANY dog to be " dangerously out of control" in a public place, or a place where it should not be. And a dog can be considered "out of control" if it causes someone to be afraid of or think that it will attack them. Anybody can be attacked by dogs, but postal delivery workers, couriers, builders, care workers, water board, gas or electricity workers, and other people who visit people's homes and come into contact with strange dogs who are protecting their territories are most likely to suffer dog attacks.
In public places, however, dogs can attack in an uncontrolled state anywhere. In the event that you or a loved one have been injured in a dog attack, you should contact the police, seek medical attention, and then contact an injury lawyer who can build a case on your behalf for compensation. In addition to helping you with expenses, lost earnings, and medical care, compensation can also help you get the psychological care that you need after your traumatic experience. The police can prevent similar attacks from happening to others and perhaps even save lives if you report the dog attack and pursue personal injury compensation.
While destroying a dog may hurt your feelings, it could save a child's life. What to do if you are attacked by a dog You should contact the police so that the incident can be investigated after you have received medical treatment and are safe. Your personal injury lawyer would be able to use this report as evidence in court for bringing that dog and its owners to the attention of the police. It is also advisable to find out if the dog's owners have any type of coverage for their dog, such as a home insurance policy or pet insurance.
You can then provide these details to your solicitor. Dog attacks may have a wide range of consequences for your life. You can use it to:- A serious injury could leave you with long- or short-term effects on your health. Psychologically affect you Lost earnings as a result In the event that you are unable to return to work following an injury, you could lose future earnings A medical bill could be incurred, prescription charges incurred and other expenses due to an attack. A specialist personal injury solicitor is the best person to contact if you want to receive compensation for your injuries and costs.