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On 5 April 2011 our client was walking her dog with the lead on the left hand side when her dog was suddenly attacked by another dog owned by the Defendant. She grabbed the lead with her right hand as well while she was trying to get the Defendants dog away and suffered a twisting injury to her right hand. A few minutes later her hand began to swell.
After the accident the client went home. Later that day she went to the hospital where it was confirmed that she had suffered a spiral fracture on the mid-shaft of the 4th metacarpal bone on her right hand side. A backslab was applied and she was discharged home the same day.
The client then underwent physiotherapy via the NHS.
The client kept the hand immobilised for six weeks and had to rely upon her daughter to carry out some of her usual household tasks. Our client is retired and so work was unaffected.
Criminal Proceedings were also brought against the Defendant and the Defendant pleaded guilty at court to an offence of being an owner of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.
Irwin Mitchell’s specialist team were able to obtain compensation of £4,000 in an out of court settlement.
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