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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Jan McFarlane, Dec 1, 2019.


  1. Jan McFarlane

    Jan McFarlane PetForums Newbie

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    Hi I am looking for a solicitor in Scotland who deals in cases where a dog has been attacked
    . My dog was attacked and spent 3 weeks in the vets/vet hospital
    This has resulted in £23000 in vets fees. Luckily I have good dog insurance and was able to borrow the rest of the money. I want to recoup the money but struggling to find a solicitor who will take on this civil case. Does anyone know of a solicitor in Scotland who does this kind of work? Thanks
     
  2. Happy Paws2

    Happy Paws2 PetForums VIP

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    £23000 that's a lot!
     
  3. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    I don't know any in Scotland but Trevor Cooper at www.doglaw.co.uk might either take your case or refer you to someeone.
     
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    @Jan McFarlane can you share the circumstances of the attack? What the dog that attacked yours leashed for example?
     
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    bumbarrel PetForums Member

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    As has been said Trevor Cooper may know of someone in Scotland.

    Be warned that trying to recover money from other people can be very difficult. Even if you got to the point of a court making an award actually getting the money can be a very fraught matter.

    And you will have had to probably pay out legal fees yourself. Getting blood from a stone comes to mind.

    I feel for you, it sounds horrific just be prepared for difficulties.
     
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    CheddarS PetForums VIP

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    Trevor Cooper is the right person. Are you sure £23000....?
    I would question the vet if that much up front
     
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    I got a bill for over £3000 for basically critical care which is basic care and checks for 72 hours... Did include scans, pain relief, and Ooh fees.. Then after that care at my own vet for a few days a week in total.

    No operations needed luckily though. No suturing except tube feeding which involves a quick GA.

    My dog had marks near his eye, so luckily didn't involve that.

    Did have a damaged salivary gland and that luckily healed by itself. It would have needed a referral to a soft tissue specialist.. Which I can't remember price quoted but a few more thousands.

    Am guessing how critical and what surgery was needed. My dog was attacked at my back gate somewhere I never imagined to see another dog.

    The price does sound steep to be honest but depending on breed and damage it may be a typo, it may not. My dog was very lucky and probably 'cheap' at being a 4 kg Yorkie.

    Absolutely agree with @bumbarrel you may win a case at a small claims court but getting the money at say a £1 a week, just as an example if you are lucky could be a long time recouping costs.
     
  8. catz4m8z

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    Im thinking its a typo with one too many zero's!?
     
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  9. Jan McFarlane

    Jan McFarlane PetForums Newbie

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    Yes
     
  10. Jan McFarlane

    Jan McFarlane PetForums Newbie

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    The people whose dog did this are hiding behind their insurance and aren't allowed to speak to me. I have CCTV footage etc of the attack. Police and dog warden are involved. I know it will be difficult but nothing compared to the last few weeks. Thanks
     
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    Glad you have evidence to back you up.

    Hope it works out.
     
  12. Jan McFarlane

    Jan McFarlane PetForums Newbie

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    My own vets couldn't do anymore for her. She had 2 operations there and a feeding tube inserted into her oesophagus. She had critical care for a week then the wounds became necrotic for the second time and the stitching came apart. She was referred to hospital to get specialist care and wound management. She required intensive nursing care and another 3 operations, one of which was tissue and muscle transfer from her stomach to her groin and leg. The wounds broke down more than once. If she hadn't been referred there she would have died. She had multiple lacerations, a hole in her leg which couldn't be closed, her neck had a 5inch wound. Her other leg is the one that needed the tissue transfer as there was no skin to close it. Her liver required medication through trauma. She is a rescue greyhound and they do not have extra skin or a subcutaneous layer beneath the skin. The surgeons did an amazing job putting her back together. It was expensive but she's a young dog and she was fighting for her life all the way, so we had to help her. She's still recovering but looks like she will make a good recovery. It's not okay that the owners of the dog that attacked her took their dogs muzzle off. So I can't let it go. Thank you for your advice.
     
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    How absolutely horrible. Would you please update us on her recovery when you can?
     
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    sorry I can't get over 23 thousand pounds, hope everything goes alright.
     
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    That's awful - glad you stuck with it. Many would have given up and gone for euthanasia.
    And I hope you get the finance aspect sorted. 23 grand - hell, you could buy a house in Accrington for that.
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    wow, once you explained the treatment I can believe the cost!:Wideyed
    Its amazing your dog recovered from all that, she must really be a fighter (in a good way!).
    Im not sure how it works but you could always consider crowd funding to help you out with solicitor costs/vet fees.
     
  17. DaisyBluebell

    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    Get in touch with Trevor Cooper & don't give up, that's what the other party are banking on, you said they have insurers so if you take them to court etc it would be their insurers who have to pay out so it would hopefully not be as difficult as others are suggesting to get back the money from them especially with your evidence, a police report and dog warden involved. Keep at it and don't give in, your precious dog didn't. I wish you all the luck in the world people and incidents like that should not be allowed to get away with it.
     
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  18. Jan McFarlane

    Jan McFarlane PetForums Newbie

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    No typo!
     
  19. Jan McFarlane

    Jan McFarlane PetForums Newbie

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    Yes I'm sure, I have the invoices! Five operations. Intensive care Three weeks in vet hospital. Specialist surgeons etc. It soon adds up.
     
  20. Jan McFarlane

    Jan McFarlane PetForums Newbie

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    She is a fighter. She is making an amazing recovery. Back to the hospital tomorrow for more suture removal. Part of the tissue transfer has gone necrotic but they expected that this may happen. She has put a lot of weight back on. Hoping for a full recovery. She's covered in scars and will have a large bald area on her flank but she was lucky!
     
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