One of the most unpleasant experiences anyone can go through is being attacked by a dog. It is not only terrifying, but can lead to both physical and psychological effects. Unfortunately dog attacks are quite common in the UK. Many of them involve the usual suspects such as Pit Bull Terriers, and Rottweilers. However, it is not always the most obvious breed of dogs that attack. Many other types of dogs can also pose a threat to bystanders and there have been many incidents that have been reported concerning these attacks.
It is more likely that your claim will succeed if it can be shown that the dog has a history of attacking. Therefore if there is evidence to prove that the dog had bitten or attacked someone previously, then the owner will most likely be liable to pay for compensation for the resulting dog attack. If the owner is aware of the dog’s aggressive tendencies, then the owner is responsible for ensuring that the dog is restrained and controlled at all times, so that it does not pose a danger to others.
Unfortunately, young children are the most at risk from a dog attack as they are one of the most vulnerable members of society. Many of the attacks involve children, as their innocent and playful nature make them easy victims for the dogs. This is why it is essential that a young child be never left alone with a dog, regardless of whether it has posed a danger before or not. Many dog bites occur from dogs that had never even bitten anyone before. Remember, there is always a first time for everything.
According to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 certain breeds of dogs are required to be muzzled when in public places and micro-chipped. If you suffered an attack by a breed of dog covered by this act that was not muzzled, your claim is likely to succeed. This is even if the dog had not shown previous signs of aggressive behaviour.
Minimizing your chances of attacked by a dog
You may be standing near a dog which is about to attack you. You can feel its eyes peering at you, waiting for the right moment to pounce. Fear not as there are some things you can do to stop this from happening. Like do nothing. If you keep as still as possible, there is a chance you will make the dog bored and it will eventually go away. Don’t try to run as this could result in a high-speed chase, one which will lead to only one party being the winner, that party not being you.
What can you do if you have been bitten
It is possible that your tactics did not work and you ended up getting bitten anyway. Whichever way it happened, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think it is minor as it could lead to infection. Secondly, it is important that you report this incident to the police or local authority. This will help prevent any future attacks.
If you have been a victim to a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation. Our solicitors will assess your case and talk you through the process of making a claim.
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