Each year, between 4 and 5 million people become victims of dog bites in the U.S. Approximately 800,000 of these incidents require medical treatment for resulting injuries. Unfortunately, a majority of the victims are children, and most of them sustain injuries to the face.
Dog bites can result not only in punctures and lacerations but also crushing wounds, fractured bones, and disfiguring scars. Children are especially vulnerable to suffering emotional trauma after being attacked by an animal.
People injured by dog bites generally have the right to seek compensation if the dog owner’s negligence contributed to its attack, if the owner violated dog leash or restraint laws, or if the owner kept a dog with a known history of aggressive behavior toward people.
As with any personal injury case, the most important part of successfully prosecuting a dog bite is to report the incident and secure evidence as quickly as possible. This includes the identity of the owner and dog, witness identities and reports, the particular circumstances surrounding the attack, as well as photographs and medical documentation of your injuries. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, contact our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible so that we can guide you through this process with the legal expertise you deserve.