A delivery driver has received compensation after a ferocious dog attack left him mentally and physically scarred for life.
Derek Brady, aged 53 from Hull, was attacked by a powerful Japanese Akita as he delivered a parcel to a house in the village of Gransmoor, near Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
In the horrifying attack, which happened in May 2010, the dog broke loose from its tether before sinking its teeth deep into his right calf. Derek managed to fight off the vicious dog, before struggling back to his van to raise the alarm.
Following two operations, and a sixth-month period off work, Derek returned to his job at Home Delivery Network, now Yodel, but was mentally scarred by his traumatic experience.
Derek explains: “I realised that the occupants weren’t in and so left the parcels in a garden shed. I was about to leave a delivery card in the mail box when all of a sudden the dog broke free from where it had been tied up, lunged at me and sank its teeth into my leg.
“I managed to fight it off and although I was in immense pain I somehow struggled back to my van which seemed a lot further away than it actually was as every second felt like eternity because of the pain.
“I suppose I should have dialled 999 immediately, but in the panic I rang the depot and my wife. The ambulance arrived soon afterwards and I was taken to hospital in Hull where I had to undergo two operations to repair the damage to my leg.”
Mr Brady continues: “Because of my injuries I wasn’t able to work for six months. When I did finally go back, I’d lost a lot of my confidence and was extremely wary of dogs. Obviously, as a delivery driver this can cause quite a lot of difficulties.
“There’s still quite a noticeable scar caused by the six-inch wound, and I think I’ll have this for the rest of my life. I’m pleased to have won the financial settlement to compensate for all the pain and trauma I suffered.”
Mr Brady, from the Kingswood area of Hull, is now looking for new employment having recently been made redundant from Yodel.
Jenni Mitchell, solicitor with Neil Hudgell Solicitors, who handled the claim, comments: “This traumatic experience quite simply should not have happened to Mr Brady who was going about his day-to-day job of delivering parcels. The injuries he suffered have had an immense impact on him and I hope this compensation will mitigate some of the pain and suffering he has endured.”
Japanese Akitas, which can weigh up to nine stone, are not classified as dangerous under the Dangerous Dogs Act, but there have been several recent cases of them attacking people.