Paramedics treated over 5,000 people due to being bitten by dangerous dogs in England and Wales in 2012 which potentially could result in Dog Bite Compensation. The number of articles about fatal incidents increases on an almost monthly basis.
What happens to the dog owners after an attack?
The owners of dogs who bite people risk being sent to prison for a maximum of 2 years which is clearly insufficient, especially in the case of owners who train their dogs to be vicious so as to act as some sort of status symbol. Victims can also make dog bite compensation claims against the owners.
What have the Government said?
Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne said:
‘We are taking urgent action to protect the public from out-of-control dogs. We are changing the law so owners can be prosecuted for attacks on private property.’
What does an Expert say?
Dr Simon Harding said:
“It has become less about whether the dog will fit into family life and more about ‘what will this dog do for me, how much will it make me?’ The dog says ‘I am here to be taken seriously’ – it acts as a ‘minder’ and a ‘heavy’ when collecting dues. People believe that possession of an aggressive dog means that the threats posed by such men will be carried out.”
We can help you receive Dog Bite Compensation
David Healey at Carter & Carter Solicitors is very experienced in handling Dog Bite Compensation Claims as well as accident compensation claims relating to all types of serious injury and is a specialist dealing with accident compensation claims involving fatalities, catastrophic injuries and amputations.
Get in touch now about Dog Bite Compensation
If you think that you have a case, would like to have a chat about a potential Dog Bite Compensation claim or require further information, contact David Healey.