Figures Highlight Serious Consequences Of Swindon Dog Attacks

More Than 100 Postal Workers Hurt In Past Three Years

30.04.2012

The shocking consequences that dog attacks are having on Swindon postal workers has been highlighted by new figures released.

Statistics obtained by the Swindon Advertiser revealed that more than 100 workers suffered dog bites in the past three years, with one female member of staff forced to take 22 days off after being bitten on her leg.

News of the figures has come after the Government confirmed new proposals to provide better protection to members of public against dangerous dogs, including the suggestion that compulsory microchipping for all puppies should be introduced.

Reiss Matthews, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office who specialises in acting for dog bite victims and helping them battle for justice over such incidents, said: “This kind of research shows why so many people have been eagerly awaiting the government’s views on tackling this issue and preventing the number of attacks.

“We act for many dog attack victims who have suffered significant physical and psychological injuries as a result of such incidents, and have seen first-hand how they can affect people of all ages.

“The Government’s plans to tackle this issue are a welcome step forward, although the fact that compulsory insurance has not been mentioned is a concern. It is very common in our cases that owners of dogs involved in attacks are not insured or do not have the means to ensure they can pay the costs of rehabilitation which are often needed.”