Dog might be man’s best friend, but dogs aren’t always the lovable, happy pets we hope them to be. Many dog owners think their animals can do no wrong. But the fact is, dogs can inflict very serious damage when they bite. If you or a family member was attacked by a dog, you know just how terrifying and painful the experience is. Beyond the issues associated with torn skin and muscle tissue, dog bites have bring the dangers associated with certain serious infections. Once you’ve received medical attention, your next step is to contact an attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Why Dogs Can Be Dangerous
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in the U.S. One out every five of those bites results in infection, some of which are very difficult to treat. Owning a pet is a big responsibility, and dog owners owe it to their friends, neighbors and any person they encounter to keep their pets under control.
Dogs should always be kept on a leash while taking walks, and can never be running freely through the neighborhood. Certain breeds of dogs are known to be more aggressive. With these dogs showing a natural tendency towards aggression, and a history of biting, owners must take extra precautions to protect others.
If owners aren’t careful, their pets can leave an innocent person with a serious injury, infection, disfiguring scars, or worse. The potential consequences of a dog bite include:
Head and neck injuries. These are especially common in children, since they are shorter, and may not be physically able to react quickly. Injuries to the head can lead to long-term physical and cognitive harm.
Broken Bones. Some dogs have such powerful jaws, that they actually break bone when they attack. Again, this even more of a danger where children are concerned.
Disease. If a dog bite has broken the skin, there is a danger of contracting rabies, tetanus, or pasteurella. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, it is imperative that treatment is started immediately, as rabies is fatal if untreated, and infections from dog bites are particularly dangerous.
Getting Compensation for Your Dog Bite Injuries
If you or your child were bitten by a dog, take immediate action. The first step is to see a doctor, and the second is to contact an attorney who focuses on negotiating fair settlements in dog bite cases. Your choice of attorney can make a dramatic difference in the final outcome of your case. Attorney Justin Brandel does not take shortcuts. He will personally handle every aspect of your claim, and will aggressively pursue a fair settlement or verdict. At the Law Offices of Justin Brandel, we offer free initial consultations, so there’s no risk. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.