Dog bite solicitors Slee Blackwell have dealt with hundreds of claims for dog-bite injuries. For many dog bite victims the attack will be described in legal terms as "sudden and without warning." However in many cases it is likely that there were possible warning signs being exhibited by the dog which could have indicated that a dog bite was iminent.
It can be unusual for an agitated dog not to give out signals that it wants to be left alone. These sigsn can include:
- licking lips
- turning its head
- walking away
If the dog perceives the threat as continuing or if the dog is agressive then it may:
- bare its teeth
- stare directly at you
- move its ears either back against its head or forwards
- stiffen its legs
The hair on the dog's back might also rise.
If a dog is going to attack then the advice is to stay calm and not to run away. Try and get something between you and the dog.
Instead of running away stand still, feet together, arms against your chest and fosts below your neck.
Do not look directly into the dog's eyes. This is a sign of agression. Look down and to one side.
Hopefully the dog will lose interest and then you can back away slowly.
If you are knocked down by the dog lie with your face downwards and fists behind your neck with your forearms protecting your ears. Keep still in this position until the dog moves away.
Dog bite victims may be eligable to claim compensation for any injuries suffered. Dog bite solicitor and Personal injury and compensation claims expert James McNally can be contacted for free initial advice and a free case assessment on 0808 139 1601 or email [email protected]