It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, including in a public place, in a private place, eg a neighbour’s house or garden or even in the owner’s home.
Although strays or other strange dogs can bite, many times people are actually bitten by a dog they know. Some people believe that only children are at risk of being bitten or attacked by a dog, but that is not the case. Anyone can be attacked by a dog, regardless of their age, or how well they believe they know the dog.
What to do
If you are attacked or bitten by a dog, it is important that you seek medical attention. Dog bites can cause wounds that lead to infections. If you are a victim of a dog attack or bite, seek urgent medical attention- you may require a tetanus booster injection or antibiotics. It is important for the wound to be thoroughly cleaned and you might even require stitches.
You should report the attack to the Police so they can investigate the matter, and you can also report the attack to your local council.
Dog bites or attacks can cause multiple serious injuries and emotional suffering for the innocent victim. In some cases can even lead them to resent or give up their own pet, out of fear and anxiety.
How we can help
If you or someone you know has suffered a dog bite or attack, get in touch with our Personal Injury Department on 01522 561020 to discuss whether you have a claim. We will work with you to assess the merits of your claim, and we can even assist in arranging treatment where physical or emotional trauma is ongoing.
We have offices around Lincolnshire and Newark and may be able to take your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.