Have you been injured by someone else's animal? Tragically, there are approximately 4.5 million dog bite cases each year in the United States, with a large percentage of the victims being young children.
Dog bite injuries are no laughing matter; they can cause lacerations, abrasions, tissue loss, crush injuries, puncture wounds, fractured bones, permanent scarring and disfigurement, deadly infections and fatal injuries.
If you or someone you love were the victim of a vicious animal attack, you are urged to contact a personal injury attorney right away. State dog bite laws can seem confusing; an attorney can explain your legal rights to monetary compensation under personal injury law.
Aggressive Animals that Attack
Although dogs can be man's best friend, unfortunately in many cases their human "owners" can condition the animal to be violent and aggressive. There is a considerable debate on whether or not certain breeds are more dangerous than others, especially over Rottweiler and Pit Bull breeds. However, regardless of the breed of the dog, dogs can be made more dangerous based on human actions. Such actions would be fight training, animal abuse, food deprivation, or even inaction on behalf of the owner.
When a dog owner is careless about controlling or confining their animal, their dog can run loose in the neighborhood and attack an innocent bystander, while other times a passerby can be viciously attacked by a dog that is protecting their own property. If the dog is not confined within a fence, they can attack someone walking "legally" outside the perimeter of the property. In many cases victims such as these are very small children who don't have a fighting chance in defending themselves against a territorial dog.
Contact a Lawyer After an Attack
Despite the fact that dogs are domesticated, they are still animals with animal instincts. They remain strong, swift, agile and territorial. With so many dogs in the United States, animal attacks are bound to happen. Even small breeds have sharp teeth and claws that can inflict serious injuries to the victim, let alone infections. For many dogs, their owners condition them to be aggressive and an attacker.
Should they become threatened, or feel that someone is embarking on their territory; their natural tendencies will emerge, subjecting the innocent bystander to an impending dog attack. Unfortunately, running from a dog is nearly impossible and removing the dog as they are attacking can be very difficult. However, a dog's nature does not change the fact that dog owners are responsible for controlling their animals, and keeping them from harming innocent individuals.
If you were injured in a dog attack, you should waste no time in contacting an attorney from The Doan Law Firm, P.C. Dog attacks can be extremely painful and expensive. You may be entitled to compensation for all of your losses including medical bills, pain and suffering and lost income. What's more, action needs to be taken so that no one else is harmed by the dangerous animal.