All dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that their pets don’t harm others. Alas, animals can be unpredictable at times. Even when a dog is normally good-natured, he or she can still attack when feeling threatened. Oftentimes, these animals are unprovoked, but feel compelled to attack for one reason or another. For example, someone can just be taking a leisurely stroll in their neighborhood and happen to pass by a house with an unleashed dog. Seeing the person as a potential threat, the dog might attack that individual, potentially causing serious injury. In these situations, a dog owner may be held liable because it was their responsibility to ensure that their dog was leashed or otherwise contained. In rare cases, a dog attack can be deadly; young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to these fatal dog attacks. If you or a loved one was injured from a dog bite or attack, you may be awaiting a settlement from a dog bite lawsuit.
Dog bite injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Puncture wounds
- Permanent disfigurement
- Severe infections such as, rabies, pasteurella, or capnocytophaga.
- Emotional trauma
- Nerve damage
The number of dog bites that occur each year is staggering, with the CDC reporting approximately 4.7 million dog bite cases annually. Fortunately, fatalities resulting from dog bites are uncommon. DogsBite.org reports that in just one recent year, there 31 people killed in dog attacks in United States. Although rare compared to other types of accidents and wrongful death cases, the fact of the matter is, these tragic incidents do happen.
Even if a dog bite doesn’t seem serious initially, it’s important to see a doctor right away. A minor infection, for example, can quickly become something serious if you don’t seek medical attention. This should be your priority; your next step should be to contact a law firm who specializes in personal injury lawsuits, and ideally, has experience in dog bites cases.
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