Dogs are among the most loved pets in the United States. While many dogs are safe and act affectionately around both children and adults, there are some dogs that are bred and raised to be violent or vicious animals—attacking innocent individuals passing by.
While any dog breed may cause injury or death to an individual, there are some dog breeds that are more likely to attack or bite. These breeds include Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Alaskan Malamutes, and Huskies.
Dog bites and other animal attacks can result in serious physical, financial, emotional, and psychological consequences on victims, particularly children. Among the most common dog bite injuries are broken bones, puncture wounds, disfigurement, lacerations, and scarring. In other instances, dog bites can cause catastrophic injuries or even death. Other dog bite victims suffer post-traumatic stress disorder or develop a lifelong fear of dogs.
If you or a loved one is injured in a dog bite or attack, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injuries and losses. Call West Coast Injury Lawyers as soon as possible.
Owner’s Liability in Dog Bite Cases
Dog owners are held responsible for ensuring that their furry friends cause no harm to others—usually through proper restraint and training. Unfortunately, not all dog owners show concern for their pet’s actions, thus allowing their dogs to cause injuries to others.
Dog owners often argue that their dogs were provoked first, but this is often not the case. Common dog bite scenarios include dogs escaping due to improper fencing, barriers, or a lack of restraints, as well as dogs being unleashed in public places. Some dogs also attack children who try to pet them, while other dogs have a tendency to attack postal workers, meter readers, and other individuals by the home who they may not be familiar with.
When these attacks occur in a public place or when the victim was lawfully on private property, the owner may have to take responsibility for the impact that the attack or bite may have on the victim—regardless of whether or not the dog had any history of attacking other people.
Seek Legal Representation
It is important to seek legal representation for a dog bite attack as early as possible. An attorney must be able to quickly identify the owner of the attacking dog and take any necessary measures to document the event. An experienced lawyer must also need to determine whether or not there is any insurance coverage for the victim’s accident-related expenses and pain and suffering.
Call West Alliance Injury Lawyers
We at West Alliance Injury Lawyers understand that dog bite victims may need to deal with long-term physical, financial, and emotional repercussions. That is why we are completely committed to protecting your rights and best interests and in helping you obtain full and fair compensation for your dog bite injuries.
Call West Alliance Injury Lawyers today to see how we can help you.