If you have been bitten by a dog, there is a good chance you are entitled to compensations for your expenses – as well as pain and suffering – that resulted from the attack. But determining how to approach the matter legally is going to require the counsel and guidance of a dog bite injury attorney, a professional familiar with the sort of damages and compensation associated with dog bites.
Hundreds of thousands of people a year are treated for a dog bite injury in this country. According to dogbites.com, it’s about 1,000 people a day. Almost half of those numbers involve children under the age of 14 with the highest numbers here being children aged five to nine years. It is not unusual for dog attacks to lead to hospital stays which can run into tens of thousands of dollars. Unbelievably, maiming and death from canine attacks are frighteningly high as well.
These incidents are not only emotionally and physically traumatizing, they strain financial resources. In a recent case in Layton, Utah, the mother of a 15 year old attacked by a dog is looking at $20,000 in medical bills, not to mention dealing with an emotionally scarred teenager afraid to leave the house. She had hoped to pursue legal remedy by suing the owners of the dog. Unfortunately, they moved without notice. Katrina Stevenson told the press, “They had no regard for the rules. There’s not supposed to be dogs in this park” where her son was attacked and “hopefully my attorney can track them down so they can take responsibility.”
Stevenson did all the right things. Got her son medical attention, got names of the dog owner and witnesses at the scene, and reported the incident to the police. She then consulted with a dog bite injury lawyer. They covered the circumstances and her legal options.
A major consideration of any dog bite injury matter will be determining the seriousness of injury and how its impacted your lifestyle. These will be major factors in any negotiated settlement or court-awarded judgement. While amounts can vary, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There can also be punitive damages. This is awarded if the dog bite injury can be proven to be the result of misconduct or recklessness, such as letting a temperamental animal run freely in a park or near a school and it ultimately attacks someone.
If you or someone you know has been attacked and suffered a dog bite injury, find out what your legal options are right away. Contact a dog bite injury attorney who understands the complexities of these matters. People can point all the fingers they want, but legally they have to clearly prove who is at fault and the type of damages they are entitled to.
The first consultation will be free and you’re likely to get helpful information that will not be shared by large insurance companies that want to protect the bottom line.