Dog Bite Lawyers
Most dogs are friendly, have no history of aggression, and pose no threat to people. Every now and then, however, dogs can become aggressive and attack people or children causing serious injuries. If a dog owner’s failure to properly restrain or control his or her dog results in a dog bite or attack, the owner should be held liable for damages caused by the attack. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog attack, our dog bite lawyers will help aggressively pursue financial compensation for your injuries and protect others by preventing similar attacks in the future.
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with half of the victims being children. Of those bitten, nearly 900,000 people, roughly one in five, require medical attention. Around 450,000 of these victims are kids. Shockingly, the CDC also estimates that a staggering 27,000 people had to undergo reconstructive surgery as the result of a dog attack in 2012. The American Humane Association cites similar figures, and estimates that U.S. insurance companies pay more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year.
What Happens After a Dog Bite?
Dogs are valuable members of our families, but we can never forget that, no matter how much we love them, they are still animals. Although a dog may have a very friendly disposition, and never shows signs of aggression, there is no guarantee that it will never bite or attack. Even sweet, docile dogs will bite in self-defense if they feel threatened or provoked, especially by a child. Unfortunately, children under the age of ten are particularly likely to suffer a dog bite injury. Their small size, physical vulnerability, and lack of experience with animals make dog attacks and injuries more common.
If you are seriously injured by a dog, it is important to document the location of the attack, the type of animal responsible for the injury, and the dog owner’s contact information. You should also file a report with local animal control and attempt to determine whether the dog is up-to-date with its shots and vaccinations.
Seek Legal Counsel If You Are Injured by a Dog
Although the CDC estimates that over 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year, a very low percentage of victims receive compensation from insurance companies for their injuries. Unfortunately, many dog bites go unreported and most victims will not receive compensation despite having home insurance coverage. By some estimates, only 15,000 dog bite victims a year are compensated by insurance companies. When only 15,000 of 4.5 million victims are adequately compensated for their injuries, it is easy to see how important it is to seek legal counsel from a dog bite attorney.
If you’ve been injured by a dog, we encourage you to learn more about how a Cooper Law Partners dog bite lawyer can help maximize the compensation you receive for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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