Dogs are Man’s Best Friend, and they make wonderful companions and
pets. However, even the most domesticated dog is capable of attacking
a human being. Our Sarasota
injury attorney has seen manydog bite victims, and the injuries can be very serious
and even deadly.
Although they sometimes give warning indicators like growling and barking,
it is hard to predict the exact circumstances under which a dog bite will
occur. Careful, responsible dog owners will do everything they can to
make sure their hounds remain under their control, including leashes and
muzzles when necessary, but these protections are not always enough to
keep an attack from happening. Negligent owners are even more dangerous,
and the caretaker for an unrestrained animal is generally responsible
for the damage it does. Some dogs are trained to be aggressive, and others
become that way through abuse or neglect. These dogs live in a variety
of settings, and they can attack anywhere from a public park to a city sidewalk.
In addition to the physical wounds, dog bites can often cause deep psychological
scars that may never fully heal. The trauma of an out-of-control canine
charging, lunging and biting into his or her flesh is something that no
victim of a dog bite ever forgets. According to the American Humane Association,
an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year. They also
state that bite rates are dramatically higher among children who are 5
to 9 years old and half of all dog bites involves children under the age
of 12. These traumatic events can cause a lifelong association of fear
and stress every time the survivors see a dog or are otherwise reminded
of the attack.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog bite attack, the
first step is to seek medical attention. Even if the wounds do not look
severe to the naked eye, the possibility of sickness and infection can
be a serious concern following a canine attack. Rabies shots are incredibly
painful, but they are better than the alternative.
It is also important to report the attack to the proper authorities so
they can obtain the history and pertinent information for the animal that
bit you. It is important that you take steps to identify the dog that
bit you. Contacting potential witnesses and discovering the identity of
the owner of the dog may also be beneficial to potential personal injury or
wrongful death claims against the owner or caretaker.
Contacting an experienced Sarasota injury lawyer can make sure that you are able
to receive the proper compensation for such a traumatic event.