Why You Need a Lawyer After a Dog Bite
Dogs that are not properly restrained while in public or are inadequately trained by their owner can present a danger to people. Anyone who has been a victim of a dog attack may be entitled to pursue compensation from the dog's owner, or any other responsible party, for any damages that were inflicted.
About dog bites
Dog bites are a common occurrence in the United States, affecting almost 4.5 million people every year. According to the Center for Disease Control, one out of every five dog bites will result in injuries that require medical attention. Although individuals of every age can be victims of dog bites, children are the victims of half of all dog bites each year and are more prone to injury. A dog bite can cause.
- Skin abrasions
- Bone fractures
Dog bite victims may have to undergo multiple medical procedures to repair their injuries and may require plastic surgery to prevent or reduce scarring.
Dog bites also carry a major risk of serious infections, such rabies and tetanus, which require rounds of antibiotics. There is also significant mental and emotional trauma victims can experience, particularly young children who may find it difficult to cope with the aftermath of an attack.
What to do if bitten
If you are attacked by a dog, you should seek medical assistance immediately, regardless of the severity of the bite. If possible, the owner of the dog should be made aware of what has occurred. This is good time to obtain information about the health and breed of the dog and verify that it has been vaccinated and immunized. Keep a thorough record of what transpires during and after the incident.
Why get an attorney
An experienced dog bite attorney will protect your rights and work to make sure that you receive fair compensation from the responsible parties or their insurance providers. Note: Often it isn't the owner of the dog who will pay, it's their homeowner's insurance provider.
The compensation you receive can be used for:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Mental therapy
- Permanent disability
- Replacement of loss wages due to the inability to work
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, there are legal options to consider. The Law Office of Juan R. Zamora understands the issues involved in dog bite cases and can provide you with tailored legal representation that will hold the responsible parties accountable for the damages that have been inflicted.