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Sky News recently reported on the number of dog attacks on Royal Mail staff members.

Royal Mail claim that there were just under 2,500 dog attacks on postal workers reported in 2018/2019. This amounts to nearly 50 dog attacks per week. Royal Mail also commented that some of the of the dog attacks resulted in individuals suffering with serious and permanent injuries.

Here at Actons, we have been monitoring the amount of dog attack enquiries we have received. The figure has been rising each month. If you’ve suffered a dog attack, you may have scope to bring a claim against the dog owner.

Dog attacks are not only an issue for Royal Mail staff. We often receive enquiries from both individuals working as courier drivers, as well as ordinary members of the public that may have suffered from a dog attack whilst out and about.


What to do if you’ve suffered a dog attack

Prior to making a claim, it is important to record the details of the incident. You should obtain the dog owners personal details, including their name and address.

You should seek medical attention immediately as you may need to have a tetanus injection. If appropriate, you should also call the police.

To help the claim, photographs are very important to show the extent of an injury. These should be taken as soon after the accident as possible.


Warning to dog owners

To demonstrate the extent of this issue, Royal Mail has released a warning to urge dog owners to control their pets.


How we can help you claim compensation

If you’ve been bitten by a dog in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a no win, no fee compensation claim. Contact our team of expert personal injury lawyers who have years of experience in dealing with dog bite cases to find out how we can help you.


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