Every Dog Bite Has Consequences
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 4.7 million Americans will suffer a dog bite injury this year, most of them children. Each year, about 800,000 dog bite injury victims are treated at clinics and hospitals, and about a dozen people die from dog attacks.
Dog bite injuries can involve puncture wounds and lacerations that may result in scarring. Reconstructive surgery may be necessary. If the dog has not been vaccinated, the dog bite victim may need to undergo a painful treatment for rabies. Infection is always a concern.
Dog bite injury victims often suffer emotional as well as physical trauma. Psychological therapy may be required, especially for children.
Who Is Responsible For Your Injury?
Legal liability for a dog bite may be based on one of the following circumstances: (a) the owner knew that the dog had bitten someone previously, (b) the accident was caused by the negligence of the person handling the dog, (c) the accident was caused by a violation of a leash law or (d) the injury was caused intentionally by the person handling the dog.
On the other hand, the owner of a dangerous dog can still face misdemeanor charges if the animal injures someone. That same owner can face felony and prison time if the victim dies or suffers wounds requiring hospitalization.
Attorney Jason January stands ready to help you pursue compensation for all current and future expenses related to the dog bite injury. Give our firm a call today or complete the online form. Based in Dallas, we serve clients throughout North Texas.
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