Although many dogs are perfectly friendly, they are still are animals that have the capacity to bite when they are scared, disturbed, or threatened in any way. The reality is that dog bites or bites from any animal can cause serious injuries that can result in permanent scars and disfigurement. Over 44,000 individuals suffer facial injuries from dog bites on an annual basis. Children under the age of 10 are more at risk for dog bites than any other age group, followed by senior citizens. Overall, there are more than 4.7 million injuries from dog bites each year, with at least 800,000 of those injuries necessitating medical treatment. Most individuals who are bitten by dogs that are familiar to them. As a result, you simply cannot afford to leave a child unsupervised around a dog, even if your child knows a dog well.
If a dog bite or another type of animal bite causes injuries to you or a loved one, you should immediately seek medical treatment. Do not hesitate to call 911 and do not wait until later on to be treated for your injuries. If you are able to do so, you should call the police and make a report, get contact information for any witnesses that saw the attack occur, and photograph the dog that caused the injuries. If you are unable to photograph the dog, then write down a clear description of the dog, how the attack occurred, and any other details that you can remember, such as the address where the attack occurred, the name of the dog, or the name of the dog’s owner. These are all important steps to take in the event that you have a valid personal injury claim from injuries sustained from the dog or animal attack.
If you or a loved one suffers serious injuries from a dog bite, an animal bite, or another type of incident, you may be entitled to compensation from the party or parties who are responsible for the accident that led to those injuries. In order to develop your claim for damages, we must determine which party or entity was at fault for the accident, acted in a negligent or reckless manner, or otherwise acted in a manner that caused death or injury to your loved one. At Boller & Vaughan, our Madison personal injury lawyers can help you with this inquiry and carefully guide you through any personal injury or wrongful death claims that you may have against various responsible parties. Please contact us for your free consultation.