No matter the size of the dog, small or large, dog bites are serious injuries often resulting in permanent physical scarring and life-long emotional damage. Sadly, dog bites or attacks happen every day. An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur each year, according to the Center for Disease Control, and nearly 900,000 dog bites require medical attention.
The attorneys at Action Legal Group understand the complex issues victims face after a dog bite, and have years of experience in successfully handling cases involving dog attacks. If you, or a loved one, have been injured as a result of a dog bite or dog attack, please call the attorneys at Action Legal Group today for a free consultation.
Why Dogs Bite
It’s impossible to know exactly why a dog may bite or attack someone, but some of the more common reasons are:
- Dog is startled, scared or feels threatened
- Dog is sick or injured
- Dog is reacting to a stressful situation
- Dog is trying to protect themselves, their puppies, food, a toy or owner
- Dog becomes overly excited while playing
- Dog has been mistreated or abused
Types of Injuries from Dog Bites
As the list above illustrates, a dog can bite or attack for any number of reasons, and theinjuries sustained can be just as varied. The more common injuries seen from dog bites are:
- Puncture wounds
- Bruising, lacerations or abrasions
- Broken bones
- Sprained or torn ligaments
- Internal injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
It’s important to note, besides physical injuries or scarring, victims of dog bites or attacks, particularly children, may be left with a life-long fear of dogs, or social anxiety when even casually encountering a dog. Emotional trauma from a dog bite or attack is no less serious or devastating than obvious physical trauma.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured as a result of a dog bite, it is very important you take the following steps to protect yourself and to preserve your legal rights:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Obtain all medical records detailing your injuries
- Document your injuries thoroughly with photos and videos
- Document evidence related to the dog bite, such as taking pictures of the dog and the location where the dog attack occurred
- Get the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the dog attack
- Seek legal advice immediately
Dog Bite Victims – Compensation
If you, or a loved one, are a victim of a dog bite or attack, it is critical to contact an attorney as quickly as possible so that you may be fully and fairly compensated. The personal injury attorneys at Action Legal Group have years of experience in handling dog bite cases, and have seen the devastating injuries that often result. We understand the long-term physical, financial and emotional consequences victims face, and we will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. The types of compensation you may be entitled to may include:
- Reimbursement for current and future medical bills
- Rehabilitative physical therapy or emotional therapy
- Cosmetic damage
- Loss of income during recovery
- Compensation for pain and suffering
In a majority of cases, the dog’s owner can be held “strictly liable” under most circumstances for injuries sustained and property damage caused by the dog. Depending on where the dog bite or attack occurred, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy typically covers dog bite liability legal expenses.
An individual who is on private party to perform a service, such as a delivery-person or repairman, usually has what is known as “implied invitation”. If that individual is on the property legally within the description of their job duties, and is bitten or attacked by the property owner’s dog, a workers’ compensation claim may be appropriate, in addition to holding the dog owner liable.
Action Legal Group Can Help You
A dog bite or dog attack can be life changing, leaving victims with long-term or permanent injuries, and even life-long emotional trauma. The attorneys at Action Legal Group will fight for you, to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
Please call Action Legal Group today for a free, no-obligation and confidential consultation. We will review your case in detail, and advise you of your legal options. We can help you.