Dog Bite Attorney – Personal Injury Law
Dog bites are a serious problem that threatens public health and safety. The number of dog bites continues to rise with children and adult males most often suffering injuries. Over 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one out of five require some form of hospital treatment. In one year alone, over 31,000 victims of animal attacks required reconstructive surgery as a result of their injuries. For nearly 30 years we have defended over 25,000 injured clients and a good number of them have been dog bite victims. We know first hand how painful and traumatic a dog attack can be, particularly to young children, who are frequent victims. If you or a family member has been bitten, you may be able to recover damages. It’s important to contact a reputable dog bite attorney to discuss your options.
Dog Bites Are a Serious Problem
Anyone bitten by a dog should be examined by a physician, particularly if the wound is on the face. Bites to the face, especially in children, can result in nerve damage, and fractures of the bone around the eyes, nose, or jaw. Children should be checked for infections. The nose, mouth, and parotid region is a primary target area for dog bites.
Immediately after a dog attack, the animal’s owner must be identified. If the dog is a stray, then the victim will want to inform the physician, who will make a determination regarding treatment for rabies. Lasting injuries can range from scarring, nerve injury from crush wounds, infections, and emotional injuries. Some dog attack victims have been known to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, reporting feeling depressed, nervous or fearful.
Any dog is capable of biting if they feel threatened or are egged on. However, certain breeds seem to bite more than others. The CDC reports that 50% of all dog bites were committed by Pit Bulls. Among the other aggressive breeds are German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Akita or Chow, Doberman Pinchers, and Bulldogs.
Protect Your Rights
Your legal right to recover damages for a dog bite depends on where the attack happened. Dog bite laws are very strict, and depending upon the circumstances, a victim can recover compensation from:
a negligent person who caused the attack
a person who violated a leash law or a law prohibiting dogs from “running at large,” and
a person who kept a dog with the knowledge that the dog had a history of injuring people
To protect your rights to recover damages it is vital that you discuss the details of your case with an experienced lawyer. You may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, loss of wages, permanent scarring, future loss of wages, disability, or wrongful death. Call a dog bite lawyer in our firm and get a free case evaluation. There is no cost or obligation and every conversation is confidential.
What Will It Cost to Hire a Dog Bite Attorney?
Once we decide to take you on as a client, we get paid only if we win your case. We charge no upfront fees or costs, and advance all costs to prosecute the case. We only get paid when you get paid. More information on this website