Stories of someone’s pet suddenly biting or attacking someone are surprising but common.
While some people like to keep exotic pets such as snakes and spiders, bites from man’s best friends are by far the most common and the wounds caused by a bite can cause permanent personal injury, damage and scarring.
In some Australian states, the law regarding pet and dog attacks has become part of legislation, but this has not yet happened in Queensland. Instead, a common law claim applies in relation to personal injury law, following a bite injury.
If you are bitten by an animal, you should immediately seek medical attention. In addition to being potentially serious injuries, animal bites (even from ‘clean’, domesticated pets) can be susceptible to infection.