So many households in the United States have at least one dog that it is easy to forget just how dangerous they can be. When most people think of dogs, the first thing that comes to mind it taking them for a walk or playing fetch. Their minds do not jump to the fact that millions of dog bites occur each year across the country.
Do you know what to do if you or a loved one are bitten or attacked by a dog?
If you need a Bristol Dog Attack Attorney, you can count on the knowledgeable and experienced team at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to be by your side, fighting to get the compensation you need.
How Common Are Dog Bites?
More than 36 percent of households have at least one dog. While most dog owners are responsible, there are times when an owner’s negligence causes harm to others.
With nearly 90 million dogs in the US, you would think we would be hearing about dog bites and attacks all the time, but we rarely do.
In reality, there are nearly 4.7 Million Dog Bites each year in the United States. According to the CDC, Nearly 1 in 5 People bitten by a dog require medical attention. That adds up to about 800,000 people. There are times when dog bites go beyond a simple bite that could become infected.
Dogs have very powerful jaws. When they decide to attack, whether out of aggression or fear, they can cause serious soft tissue damage. This can leave scarring and disfigurement that requires extensive medical treatment. Often, plastic surgery is required to restore function to an affected area after a dog attack.
Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks as they lack the ability to defend themselves or get away from the situation.
How The Owner Impacts The Situation
While we know that many dog bites and attacks are unintentional (a dog owner trying to break up two dogs fighting), there are times when a dog owner contributes to the situation by their negligence actions.
This can include letting their dog off a leash in an area where one is required. This allows a dog to roam freely and stops the owner from intervening in the event that their dog attacks someone.
There are also times when dogs with a history of aggression are allowed to be around other dogs and people.
In the aftermath of a dog attack, seek medical attention then contact local law enforcement or animal control to get the history of the dog involved.
What You Can Do Now
We know that the aftermath of a dog attack can be scary, but we want to help. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., you can count on our team to be by your side, working to make sure you get compensation for all of your incident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for medical expenses (emergency and long-term care)
- Lost income if you have to miss work (for either yourself or a caregiving family member)
- Pain and suffering damages (especially if psychological care is needed)
- Punitive damages