A dog bite can be a painful and traumatic injury. More than 5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. The majority of those dog bites happen to children. Most dog bites happen in the facial area. Dog bite injuries can range from mild to very severe and some people are killed as the result of dog bite injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as the result of a dog bite you should take action. Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney will review your case and determine the best course of action.
If the dog bite was the result of negligence, you may be entitled to money for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and future medical expenses. Dogs are considered property and they must be handled properly. Dog owners must follow local leash laws and must be in control of their dog at all times. If the dog owner was negligent in handling his dog, you may be able to recover the financial compensation you deserve. Some of the types of compensation you may receive include:
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Mental Anguish
- Future medical costs
If you have been the victim of a dog bite you should seek medical attention quickly. You should also file a police report to document the accident. Do not sign anything until you have talked to an attorney. Dog bite cases may include actual bites as well as scratches and other injuries inflicted by a pet.
In many cases you won’t need to pay legal fees unless you win your lawsuit. There is a statute of limitations that applies to dog bite cases so it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will work to negotiate compensation and if necessary take the case to court.