Hackney Council failed employee when he was attacked by dangerous dog

Hackney Council has agreed to pay compensation to a former employee who was attacked by a dangerous dog whilst at work.

Chris Dew, 42 from Brentwood, was working as an anti-social behaviour officer in May 2011 when he attended an address with an RSCPA officer in response to complaints of dangerous dogs in the neighbourhood.

During the visit, one of the dogs (a pitbull) jumped up at Mr Dew and bit him around the face and throat which caused a puncture wound to his neck.

As a result of the dangerous dog attack, Mr Dew was left irritable and depressed which led him to postpone his wedding. He felt he had no choice but to resign as he could no longer visit people’s homes.

An undisclosed out-of-court settlement was agreed for ‘loss of earnings, pain and suffering’.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors says, “Every person deserves to go to work and return from work safely. Sadly, this was not the case for Mr Dew.”

“Hackney Council did not provide a safe method of work for those working with dangerous dogs.”

“It is pleasing to see that the Council have agreed an out-of-court settlement for Mr Dew, as although no amount of money will change what has happened, it may provide a chance to move on and for lessons to have been learned by the Council.”

Dangerous dogs are topical at the moment as it is a subject which the government are looking at so that owners can be prosecuted if their out of control dog attacks someone on private property.

The impact of a dog attack or dog bite cannot be underestimated.

If you are injured in a dog attack you may be entitled to bring a dog attack claim using a no win no fee arrangement.

Many dog owners have home insurance or pet specific insurance; the claim will be made against that insurance company.

If you have suffered a dog attack in the last three years, or a child has before their 21st birthday, you may be eligible to make a dog bite claim – call Melanie today to find out.

We offer you free initial advice so call Melanie for free on 0800 0351 999