Dog Bite Lawsuits
Dog Bite Attorney
Most dogs are friendly, have no history of aggression, and pose no threat to people. Every now and then, however, dogs can become aggressive and attack people or children causing serious injuries. If a dog owner’s failure to properly restrain or control his or her dog results in a dog bite or attack, the owner should be held liable for damages caused by the attack. With the help of Statesman Law Group dog bite lawyers, injured victims can pursue financial compensation for their dog bite injuries and protect others by ensuring that those responsible for the dog correct whatever led to the attack.
Dog Bite Statistics
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with half of the victims being children. Of those bitten, nearly 900,000 people, roughly one in five, require medical attention. Around 450,000 of these victims are kids. Shockingly, the CDC also estimates that a staggering 27,000 people had to undergo reconstructive surgery as the result of a dog attack in 2012. The American Humane Association cites similar figures, and estimates that U.S. insurance companies pays more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year.
According to the CDC, there are many factors that contribute to dog bites and attacks. Children under the age of ten are particularly likely to suffer a dog bite injury. Their small size, physical vulnerability, and lack of experience with animals make dog attacks and injuries more common.
Preventing Dog Bites
There are several ways you can decrease the chance of dog attacks. Before you buy or adopt a dog:
- Research dog breeds and work with a local dog shelter, rescue group, or breeder to find a breed that suits the needs of you and your family
- Work with vets, breeder, and other animal experts to identify a reputable dog trainer
- Spend time with the dog before adopting or purchasing the animal
- Use caution when bringing a dog into a home with infants or small children
Once you bring a dog home:
- Properly socialize and train the animal
- Never leave young children or infants alone with the animal
- If the dog shows aggressive behavior, immediately seek advice from your vet or another animal professional
- Teach members of your family basic safety tips and procedures
- Neuter or spay your dog
What Happens After a Dog Bite?
Dogs are valuable members of our families, but we can never forget that, no matter how much we love them, they are still animals. Although a dog may have a very friendly disposition, and never shows signs of aggression, there is no guarantee that it will never bite or attack. Even sweet, docile dogs will bite in self-defense if they feel threatened or provoked, especially by a child.
If you are seriously injured by a dog, it is important to document the location of the attack, the type animal responsible for the injury, and the dog owner’s contact information. You should also file a report with local animal control and attempt to determine whether the dog is up-to-date with its shots and vaccinations.
Seek Legal Counsel If You Are Injured by a Dog
Although the CDC estimates that over 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year, a very low percentage of victims receive compensation from insurance companies for their injuries. Unfortunately, many dog bites go unreported and most victims will not receive compensation despite having home insurance coverage. By some estimates, only 15,000 dog bite victims a year are compensated by insurance companies. When only 15,000 of 4.5 million victims are adequately compensated for their injuries, it is easy to see how important it is to seek legal counsel from a dog bite attorney.
A Statesman Law Group dog bite lawyer can help dog bite victims improve their chances of obtaining maximum compensation for medical costs and other damages. Some insurance companies will offer a fast, relatively small, one-time settlement, even though some victims could lose employment wages or require years of treatments, medications, or therapy. Statesman Law Group will work to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
How Statesman Law Group Can Dog Bite Victims
A Statesman Law Group dog bite lawyer will help you evaluate the seriousness of your injuries and any long-term health issues you may have to live with that are not immediately obvious in the traumatic aftermath of a dog bite or attack. We will fight for maximum compensation for your injury-related damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Psychiatric counseling
- Reconstructive surgery
- Lost wages from missed work
- Any other harm or loss you may have suffered
If the parties responsible for the dog bite refuse to compensate you appropriately, we will be well-prepared to take your fight to court. This is important for you and your community as a successful lawsuit will compensate you for your injuries and protect members of your community by forcing those responsible for the attack to address the problem, preventing them from happening again.
If you’ve been injured by a dog, we encourage you to learn more about how a Statesman Law Group dog bite lawyer can help maximize the compensation you receive for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us for a free case review today.