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A woman has received over £5000 compensation after suffering injury in a dog attack.
Ms X suffered the injury whilst out walking her elderly neighbour’s dog which was under control on a lead. A dog which was untethered ran out from the Defendant's premises and bit Ms X on the right hand.
As a result of the bite, the Ms X's hand was punctured in 3 places. Her right hand bled quite badly and swelled up almost immediately. She was unable to move her right hand properly, particularly her little finger. Ms X attended hospital on the day of the accident and, despite treatment, her hand continued to swell and she developed an infection with painful redness tracking up her right arm necessitating admission to hospital.
Ms X had severe pain from the puncture wounds to her right hand for one week, with the pain reducing gradually after then. The wounds healed within two-three weeks. She continued to struggle with pain in the movement of her right little finger for weeks afterwards.
Ms X also suffered shock and, following referral to a Clinical Psychologist, was diagnosed as suffering from an Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
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