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Claiming compensation for dog attack injuries

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In the last few years, there have been many dreadful attacks on people by dogs. In some cases, the dog was a household pet that was fully trusted by the owner, but these incidents have only served to prove how all dogs need to be treated with care at all times.

The attacks on children have been particularly upsetting and have led to increasingly strict regulations regarding certain breeds. It would appear, though, that these attacks are happening just as frequently as they have in the past.

There are a number of injuries which can be sustained in dog attacks. The most common are invariably cuts to the hands and arms, as a result of taking defensive action during the attack. Facial injuries, often resulting in many stitches, are also a regular occurrence.

Proving liability

If you or a family member has suffered personal injury because of a dog attack, you may be able to claim compensation for the injuries, surgery, ongoing treatment and the personal upset associated with any lasting scarring. In some cases however, it’s not always easy to prove liability against the dog’s owner, but a good lawyer with specific experience in this area will offer the best chance of success.

If liability can be proved, however, it’s still worth pointing out that many dog owners may not have the means to pay a financial settlement, so before any proceedings are commenced, the situation will be thoroughly assessed.

Despite these issues, the personal injury solicitors at Stephensons are always willing to consider any case. So if you have suffered as a result of a dog attack, give us a call on 0844 245 6601.
By personal injury solicitor, Kate Sweeney