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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby atticus » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:42 am

I have a dog. She is lovely, but we always keep an eye.

We walk in the country. There are signs everywhere warning about dogs worrying livestock. It appears that some dog owners do not care or recognise their responsibilities, and I find that shocking.
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby shootist » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:03 am

3.14 wrote:As a dog owner, I understand that my animals are essentially wolves with all of its instincts intact and only training and their good nature prevents them biting people or indeed myself.


One of the very competent dog handlers I used to work with related how when training a new dog the most difficult part was actually training them to bite a person when required. He said that for the many thousands of years that dogs have associated with humans they have had the crap kicked out of them for biting people and a reluctance to do so is almost part of their DNA. There is a little more that training and 'good nature' that prevents them biting people. They are a pack animal and instinctively do not bite the leader of the pack, or another animal higher in the pecking order. It goes to hell a bit when people do not train and control their dogs.
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby shootist » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:05 am

atticus wrote:I have a dog. She is lovely, but we always keep an eye.

We walk in the country. There are signs everywhere warning about dogs worrying livestock. It appears that some dog owners do not care or recognise their responsibilities, and I find that shocking.
And when their dog is shot for worrying sheep they complain bitterly that the dog was only playing with them. Bloody idiots.
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby BoJangles » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:07 am

greedy claimant, I am on the side of the dog :) a bunny can literally bite a childs finger off but they are still selling bunnies in petshops
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby shootist » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:16 pm

BoJangles wrote:greedy claimant, I am on the side of the dog :) a bunny can literally bite a childs finger off but they are still selling bunnies in petshops


By way of nothing more than conversation, I find the point you make about rabbits interesting. One of my lads kept ferrets as pets. They have a very bad press when it comes to their bite but a ferret bite to a human is usually trivial by comparison the a serious bite from a rabbit. (No comments please about ferrets down trousers. Even there, a rabbit bite would be more serious, although neither would be trivial).

Ferrets, once trained to hand, are amazing pets, full of character, courageous, charming, playful, and friendly. OK, there is a definite niff but it's not unpleasant, unless they are frightened, in which case it can be, briefly, appalling. Easy to look after, and can be house trained with a bit of effort. OTOH, rabbits taste nice in a pie.
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby BoJangles » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:47 am

shootist wrote:
Ferrets, once trained to hand, are amazing pets, full of character, courageous, charming, playful, and friendly. OK, there is a definite niff but it's not unpleasant, unless they are frightened, in which case it can be, briefly, appalling. Easy to look after, and can be house trained with a bit of effort. OTOH, rabbits taste nice in a pie.


:o Slap the shootist lol My bunnies were housed trained and routine is everything to a bunny, just like most animals. One of my bunnies wouldn't have fitted in your pie ;) lol most people who entered the house thought he was a dog. He weighed just short of 6kg and span 3 foot lying out on the floor lol Ferrets, rats, bunnies, many animals are intelligent but all animals will bite if they feel they are in danger, just like us hooman's, we defend when we feel threatened.......now come here so I can bite you ;) :lol:
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby shootist » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:00 pm

BoJangles wrote:One of my bunnies wouldn't have fitted in your pie ;)


A two pie rabbit then.
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby tommydog35 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:14 pm

dls wrote:Sorry, but dog owners should understand that they choose to take these things with teeth and unpredictable behaviour onto the streets, and it remains thir entire responsibility. I cannot imagine what it would be to provoke a dog. The simple act that the dog bit is enough to demonstrate its nature and the owner's failing.


Just a hypothetical question. Would the nature of provocation not factor at all? What about if the provocation actually constituted an animal cruelty offence (such as kicking etc) and the dog bit the person - doe this change anything? What about if I deliberately provoke a dog to bite me with the intention of cashing in on compensation?
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Re: Dog bite - personal injury damages

Postby dls » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:34 am

There is a law called 'contributory negligence'. Where a clam is made in negligence, and a negligent action of the claimant contributed to the damage then a court can apportion the damages accordingly. Thus if you are a passenger is car crash, and your injuries are worse because yu were not wearing a seat belt, yu would only get a set percentage of the damages awarded.

It appears not relevant here. Nothing suggests relevant contributory behaviour by the claimant.
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