Dog Bites and Attacks in Glasgow
A recent report from the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has revealed the risk that dangerous dogs can pose to the public. The information shows that the number of people who have been admitted to hospital for a dog bite has risen 76% over the last ten years. The report found that children are at particular risk of dog attacks with children under the age of 9 being the age group with the highest admissions.
Making a Claim for a Dog Attack
When many people think of dog attacks, they think of notoriously dangerous dogs, such as Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Doberman Pinschers. People may also think of the breeds that are regulated through the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 such at Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasileiro.
However, this is not always the case. No matter how well trained and well behaved a dog is, all dogs have the potential to attack another dog or a person. Many serious attacks have been carried out by breeds that are generally considered to be friendly family pets, such as collies and Labradors.
To be able to make a claim against the dog owner, you need to be able to demonstrate that they owed you a duty of care and that they negligently failed to meet this standard. This could be that they failed to keep their dog under control in public or that they failed to muzzle their dog when there was a duty to do so.
How Much Compensation Can you Claim?
As would be expected, the amount of compensation you can claim is linked to the kind of injury you received and the severity of that injury.
The injuries resulting from a dog attack can be extremely serious. Dog bites will normally create a deep, narrow puncture wound in the skin. Deep lacerations can be caused by the way that dogs pin with their front teeth and then pull and tear the surrounding flesh. The wrists, arms and hands are the most common place to be injured in the course of a dog attack.
Abrasions, bruising and even broken bones can be caused by the struggle to get away from the dog.
Severe injuries may need cosmetic surgery and there may be long lasting scarring from the attack.
While some people may cover quickly from an injury, other dog attacks may cause long-term complications. There may be residual mobility issues from the injuries.
A person who suffers a particularly severe attack may be forced to take time off work to recover from their wounds. They may even be unable to return to the job or industry that they worked in due to consequences of their injury.
All of these factors could affect the level of compensation that can be claimed for dog bite injuries. When an experienced personal injury lawyer assesses you claim, they should be able to give you an estimation of the compensation you may be entitled to.
No Win No Fee* Dog Bite Claims
If you have been injured in a dog attack, the first thing you may wish to do is seek medical attention for your injuries. Even though an injury may seem minor, dog bites can pass on dangerous diseases such as rabies. Dog bites can also lead to the development of conditions such as cellulitis so it is advisable to have your injury checked over by a medical professional.
You may wish to report the incident to the Police or your local authority.
In addition to treating your injuries, a doctor will be able to record the details of your injuries in your medical file. This can provide valuable medical evidence which demonstrates the severity of the injuries you received.
If there were any witnesses to the dog attack, you should try to record their contact details as their witness testimony could prove crucial at a later stage.
Dog Bite Claims Lawyers Glasgow
Contact Personal Injury Glasgow today to find out how much compensation you may be entitled to for your dog bite injuries. We operate on a no win no fee* basis which means that you can pursue your claim without having to worry about legal costs.