An unfortunate reminder of man’s best friend, a dog bite, is a terrible event. Roughly 1,000 dog bites or canine attacks are treated in emergency rooms every day while many, many more bites and attacks go unreported. In total, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 4.5 million dog bite victims in the United States each and every year. Whether or not you consider yourself a dog person, suffering an injurious dog bite is an awful incident.
The results and aftereffects of dog bites are as wide and varied as the many breeds of the animals that cause them. No matter the type of dog, though, a canine attack is a dangerous event that often requires medical treatment or even surgery. Complications arising from a dog bite can include bacterial infection of the wound, contraction of rabies or tetanus, severe tissue damage or even broken bones. Facial dog bites are capable of damaging the eyes and impairing vision or causing unsightly scarring and other damage that could require plastic surgery for correction. In addition to physical damages and injuries, victims of dog bites – who are, in the majority of cases, children – often find themselves in need of trauma counseling or other psychological treatment in order to ensure a full mental and emotional recovery.
There is also a financial cost to these incidents. Research performed by the CDC indicates that more than $165 million is spent on direct medical costs arising from dog bites every year in the United States. Total related insurance claims are estimated at upwards of $2 billion annually. With a study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimating that the average medical cost of a canine-related injury is nearly $20,000, it’s clear that if a dog bites you on the hand, it will likely take a chunk out of your wallet too.
Although most dog bites are caused by animals owned by the victim’s friends or family, it is important to ensure that the victim’s needs are met and their injuries treated. Thankfully, the combined physical, psychological and financial burden of a dog bite or canine attack is not yours to bear alone. Legal counsel can offer an experienced and professional perspective on how to proceed so that a difficult situation is resolved appropriately and with care. In most cases, restitution is made by the homeowners insurance company.
In the event of a dog bite or canine attack, Attorney Jim Brady and Associates can help to make sure that you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries and losses. Personal injury attorney Jim Brady has been serving his community in Massachusetts for more than 30 years. He and his team have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure that your case is handled with professional care and concern so that you are able to receive the compensation that is rightfully yours. Jim has handled a multitude of dog bite cases for over thirty years. If you or one of your loved ones are the victim of a dog bite or canine attack there’s no time to waste. Call Massachusetts Injury Attorney Jim Brady and Associates today.