According to the American Humane Association, nearly 5 million dog bites occur each year and approximately one out of every six bites is serious enough to require medical attention. In addition to causing serious physical injuries, the emotional trauma can leave you feeling nervous and unsafe in certain places or around other animals.
Children Are At A Greater Risk
For whatever reason, young children are the most common victims of dog bites. Due to their small size and reduced ability to defend themselves, children are more likely to suffer from serious injuries. Depending on the size, type and strength of the dog, the puncture wounds can be deep enough to cause disfiguring injuries and in some cases broken bones. The type of injuries sustained in these attacks are very likely to produce long-term scarring, both physically and emotionally.
How Geisleman & Brown Can Help
Dog bite claims are often some of the more troubling cases we handle. Determining the particular facts involved can be complicated. Owners have a responsibility to ensure their pets are trained and socialized—this includes keeping their dog’s vaccinations up-to-date and making sure they are properly restrained at all times. Our experience in handling these types of cases will help to protect your rights and hold the dog owner liable under the law.
Following a dog attack, the owner may try to deny responsibility or shift the blame and often the insurance company will attempt to settle unfairly. To get the fair compensation you deserve, we will assess the nature and extent of your injuries, research the liability issues and help you obtain financial recovery for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses, including skin grafting and other corrective surgeries
- Therapy or counseling
- Compensation for scarring, physical pain and emotional suffering resulting from the attack
The lawyers at Geisleman & Brown have handled numerous dog bite cases. We are fully committed to securing appropriate financial settlements for our clients. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your dog bite claim, please give us a call at 260.420.2001.