We know that sustaining a dog bite is the last thing you think about, but they are much more common than you are probably aware. Many people do not realize just how powerful a dog’s jaw is. When they bite, whether out of fear or anger, the results can be devastating.
Do you know where to turn if this happens to you?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are around 4.7 million dog bites each year in the United States. They go on to say that over 800,000 of those bites require medical attention.
Many dog bites become infected. This can lead to serious medical problems away from the site of the injury.
Some bites are so severe that they require surgery to repair the soft tissue damage.
Plastic surgery is often required to restore the appearance and functionality at the location of a dog bite.
Both the initial attack and infections can lead to long hospital stays that can become extremely expensive, but you may wonder, “Who will be responsible for paying those medical bills?”
Most of the time, it is the responsibility of a dog’s owner to keep the pet under control. If they ignore municipal leash laws and allow a dog to roam freely around other people and someone gets hurt, the owner could be held liable for damages. That is also the case if a dog gets out of an enclosure at a home and hurts someone.
If a dog is known to be aggressive but is still allowed to be around other people and pets, this is negligence on the part of a dog owner.
Children and the elderly are the most at risk for dog attack injuries because they are less able to get away from the situation or fight back. The results can be devastating. Dog attack victims can suffer severe emotional damage for years, with some even reporting PTSD symptoms. Helping people through these issues can end up costing money as well if counseling is needed.
Your Options Now
If you or a loved one have been injured in an incident with a dog and it was the fault of the owner, you should seek legal representation immediately. Edward “Skip” Babbitt knows this area of personal injury law and will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need for your expenses:
Coverage for medical costs (emergency and long-term)
Lost income if you are unable to work
Pain and suffering damages
Punitive damages against the dog’s owner
These cases can become complex, but you do not have to do this by yourself. When you need a dog bite attorney in San Diego, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789 for a free consultation.