Victims Injured by Dangerous Animals
When a dog is out of control, untrained or other situation leads to an attack, the consequences can be extremely deadly. Dog bites are prone to serious infections that can be difficult to resolve, as well as the issue of torn skin, muscle, nerve and other physical damage. There are many who suffer very serious injuries in these animal attacks, and the cost of medical care and ongoing treatments, reconstructive surgeries and other costs can be very high. The owner of the dog must be held accountable for any costs incurred by the victim, as well as addressing the emotional toll that the attack invariably takes, particularly on the vulnerable – young children. A Miami personal injury lawyer from our firm has extensive experience in all types of injury claims, including dog bite cases. We can assist you with the legal issues involved in filing a claim or lawsuit against the negligent pet owner.
Dog Attack Statistics
Every year, 800,000 people in the United States suffer a dog bite injury. Half of dog bite injury victims are children. Of the individuals injured by dogs, 386,000 require some form of medical treatment at an emergency room. About 16 people die from dog bite injuries in the United States every year and children between the ages of five and nine are at the highest risk of suffering a dog bite injury. Dogs are more likely to become aggressive under certain circumstances. Avoid interacting with dogs that you don’t know. Never pet a dog until you have allowed it to sniff your hand first, and always avoid dogs that are taking care of puppies. If you receive a dog bite, contact a medical professional immediately.
Dog Bite Prevention
Are you thinking about acquiring a new dog? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are several variables that you should take into consideration first. Before getting a new dog, talk to a veterinarian or animal behaviorist. You may also seek the council of a reliable dog breeder. Talking to a professional can help you understand the specific risks associated with certain dog breeds. Understanding which breeds are less likely to cause injuries can help you avoid dog bites in the future.
Secondly, avoid adopting an animal with a history of aggressive behavior – especially if you have children. If your child is afraid of dogs, avoid adopting one until the child is more comfortable around animals. Never adopt a dog without spending time around it first. When you adopt a dog without understanding its personality, you may be surprised at its behavior after you take it home. Also, avoid adopting any animals if you have an infant or very young child living with you. To avoid injuries, never leave your child alone with a dog and avoid playing aggressive games dogs.
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks: Contact a Miami Personal Injury Lawyer
Any person who owns a dog is responsible for any damage it causes another person. Most dog bite cases involve large dogs such as pit bulls (59% of serious bites in one study), Rottweiler and wolf mixes, and some other large breeds are more likely to bite and inflict serious injuries than many smaller dogs, but any untrained animal could bite and cause serious injury. The largest percentage of victims in these cases is children, and most often the injuries are to the head, neck and upper torso. These can be permanently disfiguring or fatal, and there are many dog attacks each year that are very serious and will require extensive treatment and care.
At Klemick and Gampel, P.A., we are committed to assisting the injured to recover compensation for damages in dog bite injury cases, and should evaluate your situation without delay. The average cost that is faced in a dog bite injury is about $18,000. More serious injuries can range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in a short period of time, as there may be the need for many surgeries to attempt to reduce severe scarring, nerve damage and torn muscles, as well as deal with the infections that are often involved in these cases. There are other damages – pain and suffering – which also must be sought in the claim we file on your behalf. Contact a Miami dog bite attorney from our firm at once if you or your loved one is the victim of a vicious dog attack and were injured.