Dog bites and injuries from dog attacks are very common. In the us, an estimated 4 million dog bite injuries occur annually, with 1, 000 dog bite victims treated in emergency rooms each day.
Unfortunately, the majority of victims of dog bites and attacks are children, and half of the bites on children are on the face. Injuries from dog attacks can be very serious, with the potential
for permanent disfigurement, trauma and even death. Click here for more information about Pennsylvania Dog Attack Personal Injury Attorneys.
It is a dangerous myth to assume that only certain dog breeds have the tendency to bite or attack. While it's true that certain breeds may produce injuries serious enough to cause death (Compare Bulls and Rottweilers), it's important for people to realize that any dog, regardless of size or breed, is capable of attacking and injuring a person. Assuming a certain breed is "safe" or harmless can lead to a false sense of security. Precautions should be taken with any dog, especially where children, who may accidentally hurt or threaten 14, are concerned.
Injuries from dog bites, while certainly the most common, are not the only way people can be injured by dogs. They can hurt with their claws as well, and subsequent injuries may occur from dogs jumping on and knocking over a person, including those on bicycles.
The laws surrounding dog attacks vary from state to state. In most states, liability is on the dog owner when it can be proven that they had reasonable knowledge that their dog was dangerous. Some states have a "one-bite rule" that clears owners of liability if it is a first time offense. Other states, including New York, have mixed statues the first bite that is evaluated on a case by case basis.
If you or your child is attacked by a dog, there are several steps you should take:
1. Seek medical assistance promptly. Serious infections can result from untreated dog bites.
2. Try to name the dog and the dog's owner/s, especially if it is suspected that the dog may have rabies.
3. Report the incident to police therefore it is on record.
4. Consider consulting an accident or injury lawyer. Make sure it is one with experience handling dog bite cases. They will be able to handle all of the red tape and legal matters surrounding liability, and will help get you compensation for any financial losses, as well as for your pain and suffering.
Goidel and Siegel handle personal injury cases exclusively, and their familiarity with this part of the law is extensive. They have represented victims of serious accidents and assaults for more than 17 years. Goidel and Siegel are committed to obtaining the highest financial compensation for their clients who have been seriously injured. Take a look at visit Pennsylvania Dog Bite Injury Lawyers.