Every year there are 200,000 cases of dog bites in the UK according to the website Patient UK. Out of these approximately 28,000 involve bites to the face and in 19,000 cases the victim requires plastic surgery. The site also claims that 100 victims are admitted to hospital every week in the UK.
These statistics show that dog bite incidents have increased by 66% over the past 10 years. In 2009, the number of small children subjected to a savage attack from a dog increased by 14% on the previous year and 1,942 children needed to get hospital treatment due to the severity of the bites.
If you are the victim of a severe dog bite and want to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the owner, it is imperative that you do so as soon as possible after the accident took place.
The majority of personal injury solicitors’ websites remind people that it is necessary to make a personal injury claim promptly if you want the best chance of success. Victims should accurately document the attack and ask any witnesses to the incident to do the same. These should then be filed with the relevant authorities.
Dog owners may want to consider taking out dog insurance to protect themselves from liability if their pet turns vicious. However, prevention is better than cure and ensuring your dog is well trained, and if necessary muzzled when out, should go a long way towards making sure your pet remains man’s best friend.