Dog bite victims face a variety of injuries and health challenges associated with an attack. Any bite can carry bacteria and disease from the dog’s mouth and teeth and these can get into an open bite wound resulting in serious infection. A dog can do some serious damage in a very short period of time depending on the size and breed of the animal.
For particularly severe injuries, a bite victim could require a visit to an emergency room via ambulance. Some of the most common injuries that can result from a dog attack are the following:
When a dog that has not been provoked suddenly bites or attacks someone, the responsibility falls on the owner as to why. The most common reason for a dog bite is due to the owner failing to pay attention to the animal. A loss of control can lead to serious consequences for both you and the animal.
Sometimes a dog is undergoing some type of medical condition that has been neglected by the owner which can lead to the animal lashing out and biting a passerby. Mistreatment and abuse of the dog are also a common and unfortunate components of a bite incident.
Any victim of a dog bite could be entitled to compensation. Treating a dog bite can require any number of treatments, you could spend an extended period of time in the hospital, you may even need surgery, reconstructive or otherwise, to heal any lacerations you sustain from a bite or multiple bites. You may need to undergo rehabilitation and physical therapy.
What about when you get out of the hospital? You may be wrestling with mental and emotional suffering and post-traumatic stress disorder that could make you very fearful to venture out to your favorite places and especially the location where the dog bite incident originally occurred.
Dog owners who show negligence in the care and control of their animals can be held liable for any injuries that are incurred by others as a result of these actions. But when a dog has bitten or attacked you, the owner may attempt to point the blame on you for the actions of the animal. Therefore, you need to build a strong case against the dog owner. That may require you to prove prior examples of negligence or demonstrate the actions of the owner in other situations where the dog has attempted to attack other people or other dogs.
This isn’t something you should do on your own. You want to get a personal injury firm on your side who has the experience and knowledge to take on your dog bite case and, more importantly, win so you can receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
We have litigated dog bite cases for decades, getting our clients millions in compensation for their injuries. Give us a call for a free consultation today to discuss the particular details of your dog bite incident.