Most dogs are friendly and lovable. Furthermore, most owners realize the importance of safety, including the use of leases and recognizing aggressive behavior. For this reason, most dogs that are unfriendly are kept away from situations that could turn harmful. But, when they are not, it can lead to painful dog bites and attacks.
Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries
There are times when a dog attacks, oftentimes leaving the victim with permanent injuries. Some of these injuries might include:
- Puncture wounds
- Permanent scarring
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Diseases, like Rabies
In addition to the pain that often comes with these types of injuries, it is not uncommon to also experience a good deal of pain and suffering. Dog bite victims may fear dogs from now on. They may find it difficult to talk a walk in their own neighborhood or to even go to the nearby park, out of fear of a dog bite.
Determining Responsibility When a Dog Bite Occurs
Who is responsible when a dog bite occurs? Who will cover your medical bills and rehabilitation costs? What if the dog’s owner was not present at the time? What if the dog attacked you while visiting? These are all common questions following a dog bite. They are also questions that can make it harder to navigate a dog bite case.
According to the law, a dog’s owner is responsible and liable if it bites someone. It does not matter if the owner was previously aware of the dog’s aggressiveness. That is unless the person who was bitten was trespassing unlawfully on the owner’s property. Then, the owner may not be held liable. It is not always easy to determine who is responsible when a dog bite occurs. Working with a lawyer is the best way to determine liability, while also exploring your legal options.
Recoverable Costs Following a Dog Bite Injury
If a dog bite happens, there is nothing more important than seeking immediate medical attention for any injuries. Once the victim is stabilized and aware of his or her injuries and treatment schedule, it is time for the person to consider their legal options.
Did you know that the victim’s homeowners insurance will often cover any damage associated with a dog attack or bite? This can include the following:
- Medical care
- Scarring treatment, cosmetic surgery
- Rabies immunization
- Lost wages and benefits
- Out of pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
Before accepting a settlement offer, however, it is important to consider both your current and your anticipated, medical costs. Some dog bite injuries may require more medical visits. If you are unsure how much you should receive in compensation, it can be helpful to talk with a lawyer about your case.
If you or a loved one is attacked and injured by a dog, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and to contact us for assistance.