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DOG/PET BITES & ATTACKS

Fatal dog attacks among 2-year-olds occurred 88% of the time when the children are not supervised around dogs. Supervision of children, especially around dogs. One way to help ensure children and adults are safer around dogs (or any pets) is to educate them about dogs and animals and how to act around them, signs when to leave a dog or any pet alone. For example: Not to pet a dog or any animal while it is eating, drinking or sleeping. Not to antagonize, know what growling means, etc.

Unfortunately accidents do happen and children as well as adults can get hurt by a dog bite (or any pet) and at times they can be seriously injured. If this happens seek medical attention right away. Nearly 800,000 dog attacks/bites require medical attention right away. If the opportunity is available to inquire if the dog or animal has had its rabies  shots and find out who the owner is and if the victim was on the owner's property at the time (or who 's property was the victim on during the time of the dog/animal attack/bite.

STEPS: 1) Seek medical attention immediately dog and animal bites  can be very infectious and the earlier the medical attention and treatment the less time an infection has a chance to spread. Call 911 to insure immediate attention do not delay!

2) Most cell phones have cameras, take advantage of this convenience and take a picture of the injury and the location of the injury.

3) Remember details of the dog/animal and identify who the owner is. Find out if the dog/animal had rabies shots and the health condition of the dog/animal (these steps are to be followed with any pet attack.)

4) Report the attack/bite to the county animal control and the sheriff's department. *You should be entitled to a copy of your own report that is made to both entities. They will ask if you know who the owner is.

5) Never speak to the dog/animal owner's insurance company OR sign any documents, let your attorney do all of the communication with them.

6) Call Hollingsworth & Mumen Law Firm immediately!  See contacts us
 
According to the Humane Society:

4.7 million dog bites occur in the USA each year.

Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care

71% of dog bites occur on the extremities (legs, feet, arms and hands)
Insurance companies pays out more than 1 billion in dog bite claims each year.

25 different dog breeds are involved in 238 dog attack fatalities in the USA

Approximately 24% of human deaths involve unrestrained dogs off of their owners property.
 
Sources of compensation for a dog/pet bite or attacks
  • Owner
  • Insurance company
  • Lost wages if you take time off form your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)