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Dog Attacks

Dog attacks and dog bites are the most common personal injury claims for attacks by animals in the UK. Being the victim of a dog attack can be very traumatic, no matter what the circumstances were. We have seen clients both physically injured and psychologically injured.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 brought in controls for certain breeds of dog which are considered more dangerous than others. The law was introduced following a spate of attacks on humans by breeds such as Rottweiler’s and pit bull terriers. The dogs have to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public, they must be registered and insured, neutered, tattooed and receive microchip implants.

In recent news we saw that a 6 year old child was bitten ten times on legs as she played in the street by a dog which was supposed to be chasing crime suspect. The youngster was playing outside her home in Newton Heath when a suspected car thief crashed in to a wall. The offender ran off from the scene and the police then released the dog who attacked the poor 6 year old girl who will probably be traumatised for a long time. This is an incident which should never have happened.

There certainly needs to be a review of training for police dogs and also the police officers can be criticised for releasing the dog close to where children were playing.

Figures last year disclosed by the Police showed that more than 150 innocent people were attacked accidentally by police dogs over a three year period. The incidents, between 2011 and 2013, led to police forces paying out more than £120,000 in compensation.

We have brought claims for people who have suffered police dog attacks, suffered attacks from guard dogs and also privately owned dogs.

We recently obtained an award for Mr B who was attacked by a dog whilst being at work. Mr B, a security guard, turned up for his shift 15 minutes early and sat on a bench before beginning his perimeter walk. A guard dog, belonging to Mr B’s employer suddenly appeared and bounded towards Mr B who was familiar with the dog. Rather than a warm greeting from the dog, he was attacked which resulted in a scar to Mr B’s finger. We managed to obtain over £5,000 for Mr B.

Suffering a dog attack can be an upsetting and painful experience and you shouldn’t have to suffer because of another’s negligence, whether that be the police, your employer or a private individual. If you’ve been injured due to a dog call us on 0161 928 3848 or email

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