Dog attacks can lead to critical illness claims

Published 10 Dec 2015

The wide range of incidents that can result in critical illness claims in Australia was evidenced by a recent case in the NSW Supreme Court that focused on the aftermath of a dog attack. While the case is still ongoing, the event is an important one to keep in mind, as these instances can result in significant injuries that prevent people from going to work or living a comfortable life.

According to the NSW government, there were more than 5,500 dog attacks between 2011 and 2012. With more than 1.6 million of these animals registered throughout the state, it’s important that people aware of the dangers and are compensated fairly in the event of an attack.

What are the details of the case?

A case before the NSW Supreme Court revealed the extent of the damage these attacks can cause. In this instance, a woman was set upon by multiple dogs, which resulted in significant injuries and an extended hospital stay.

The court transcripts report that the woman suffered multiple injuries to various limbs and her face, which resulted in substantial reconstructive surgery to restore the damaged tissue.

While the Judge accepted that the woman’s trauma was the result of a dog attack, and that she deserves to be compensated fairly, it’s not clear who as at fault. As there were multiple dogs and dog owners present during the incident, a decision is yet to be reached as to who should have to pay damages.

Depending on the rest of the case plays out, the plaintiff could be awarded thousands of dollar in damages, ensuring she is fairly compensated for the injuries she received.

The dangers of dog attacks

The Australian Companion Animal Council provided a report that advises people of the dangers associated with dog attacks. Unsurprisingly, bites are most harmful when an animal becomes agitated or aggressive, and can be dangerous for people nearby.

The council also stated that, while there is the perception that some breeds are more dangerous than others, it’s difficult to narrow down exactly which ones will be most aggressive and should be avoided where possible.

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