£7,000 Compensation Awarded To Yellow Pages Deliverer


The Law Of… Claiming For A Dog Bite

Simpson Millar's client, Patricia Howells, found herself the victim of a vicious dog bite in 2016 and fell back on a piece of legislation that is over 40 years old in order to gain over £7000 in compensation. Personal Injury expert, Jonathan Thursby, tells the story.
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Delivering The Yellow Pages

On the 12th January 2016, Mrs Patricia Howells was carrying out her job of delivering Yellow Pages to local residents in Plymouth. As she approached the door of a farmhouse in the south west of Dartmoor, Devon, Mrs Howells was attacked by a dog on the property.

The Alsatian dog bit Mrs Howell's hand as she passed a copy of the Yellow Pages over o the dog owner, leaving her with injuries to her hand. The owner of the dog, who was also the homeowner, offered Mrs Howells a cloth to hold her wound. She was then promptly taken to hospital by her husband.

Hand Injury

Patricia Howells' visit to Dereford hospital in Plymouth confirmed that she had deep lacerations and loss of flesh to the distal phalanx (the tip) of her right thumb. Later investigations into the injuries she had sustained from the dog bite saw doctors advise her to see a hand therapist to ensure a speedy recovery from the incident.

It was after her initial hospital visit that Mr Howells decided to seek the help of Simpson Millar and their Personal Injury team.

Denied Liability

Under Section 2 of the Animals Act 1971, Mrs Patricia Howells was owed compensation for the damages she suffered because of the incident with the Alsatian.

Initially, the defendant denied all liability, arguing that our client allowed her hands to pass over the gate. However, Simpson Miller successfully negotiated a settlement in our clients favour. Compensation Awarded

Mrs Patricia Howells was awarded over £7000 for the damages she suffered because of the negligence of the dog owner.

Jonathan says;

"Mrs Howells and her husband dealt with the situation well in that they contacted the police about the dog which could help to protect any further incidences as well as taking pictures of the wounds sustained and making a record of the accident."

"The Animals Act of 1971 protects people like Mrs Howells. It states that if the keeper of an animal knows of that animal's propensity to attack, the keeper may be liable"

If you have been attacked by a dog either in a public place or on private property, you could be entitled to dog bite compensation. Call our Personal Injury team today for a free consultation.

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