According to dog bite statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), roughly 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs each year. While dogs are beloved for being trusted and loyal companions, any type of dog could bite given the right set of circumstances. Dogs who are hungry, hurt, scared, or feel threatened are likely to attack, and the injuries caused by dog bites can be severe and life threatening. Common dog bite injuries include:
Torn muscles and cartilage;
Severe infections; and
Physical and emotional issues due to trauma.
Dog bites can cause major damage to a person. Often the damages are permanent and are normally to minor children. When a dog attacks, you could suffer both physical and psychological injuries. Scarring and fear of dogs may only be the start of your damages. At The Law Office of John B. Jackson we hold pet owners accountable for causing dog bite injuries. Dog Bite cases are often defended on the issue of liability meaning the dog owner will contest that it was his or her fault that the dog attacked or that they had no reason their family dog would act like this.
Where did the attack happen?
Has the dog attacked before?
Did the owner have control of the dog at any time?
Did the owner know of any vicious propensities of their pet?
Leash laws are in place requiring dog owners to keep their pet restrained. If a dog is not on a leash and attacks someone in a street of another person’s yard, the owners can likely be held responsible for the injuries the attack victim has sustained. Negligent dog owners who fail to keep their dogs leashed and under control may be liable for damages through a personal injury lawsuit. Compensation dog bite victims may be entitled to includes medical benefits and compensation for pain, suffering, scarring, and mental anguish caused by the attack. Investigating your dog bite claim with great attention to detail means that we will get to the facts. At The Law Office of John B. Jackson we will ensure that you are compensated based on the physical and mental damage that you have suffered.