Trethowans were instructed by our client to pursue a personal injury claim following injuries she suffered as a result of being attacked by a dog.
She worked in a dog's home and was attacked whilst she was at work. She was assisting a colleague in dealing with a dog which had escaped from its enclosure. This particular dog had a history of attacking people. He had been with in the dog's home for some considerable time and had been re-homed (unsuccessfully) on more than one occasion. He had bitten two people whilst out with a prospective new owner and upon his return to the dog's home, there were serious concerns that he may attack staff or other dogs. It transpired that approximately one year prior to our client's accident, the dog's home had received specific advice that the dog should be destroyed, however this advice was not acted upon.
Our client was badly bitten on both her hands and arms. She underwent surgery to repair and clean the deep wounds and lacerations. She also sustained nerve damage in her left hand and wrist. She remained in hospital for a total of 5 days and then required extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation. She was unable to return to work for several months.
Her employers admitted liability for the accident and the injuries. The case was settled by Trethowans without the need to start any court proceedings and she received compensation for her injuries and loss of earnings.