Have You Been Injured by a Dog AttackHave you been injured by a dog attack? If you have and your injuries are serious, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
It may surprise and stun you to know that according to DogsBite.org, every day in the United States somewhere around 1,000 people have to have emergency care treatment as a result of a dog bite injury. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year, and 800,000 of the victims of these attacks will seek medical attention, and 386,000 of these victims will require emergency medical treatment.
Dog attack laws vary from state to state. However, a dog attack involves the action of a dog in which the dog rushes at, chases, menaces, jumps on, knocks over and/or bites a person.
A dog attack may result in one or more severe injuries. Some of these are:
Tissue loss and avulsion
Infections, such as cellulitis, C canimorsus infections or rabies
In addition to the physical injuries that may result from a dog attack, there can be serious, long-term emotional and psychological injuries. These include a morbid fear of dogs, nightmares, flashbacks, fear of going outside or even post traumatic stress disorder.
Even though you strongly believe that you should be compensated for your injuries from a dog attack, there are situations where a dog owner may not be legally responsible for your injuries. These include:
If you were trespassing on the dog owners property
If you were breaking the law
If you provoked the injury from the dog
If you were unreasonably careless, and that carelessness contributed to your injury
If you knowingly took the risk of being injured by the dog.
However, again, dog attack laws vary from state to state and not all of the things listed above can be used in all states as a defense by a dog owner.
On the other hand, if the dog owner is responsible for your injuries from the dog attack, there are two ways in which you can receive compensation for your injuries. The first is an out-of-court settlement.
An out-of-court settlement is when your personal injury attorney negotiates a financial settlement with the dog owner and the dog owners insurance company. A financial amount is agreed upon and is paid to you by the dog owners insurance company, or both the dog owner and their insurance company.
Filing a lawsuit
The other way you can be compensated for your injuries from the dog attack is by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The lawsuit may be settled out of court or you may have to go to court before a judge or jury.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both an out-of-court settlement or a personal injury lawsuit. The best thing to do is to sit down with a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will know the best way to proceed that will be in your best interests.
Article written by James Shugart
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