They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but what happens when Fido attacks? Each year, thousands of Americans are injured due to a dog or other animal attack, a large percentage of which result in serious injury. Unfortunately, many of these attacks go unreported, and victims are left to deal with medical bills, missed work, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, those most widely affected by dog and animal attacks are children. In fact, animal attacks are the largest single reason for children’s emergency room visits, and 77 percent of these cases involve wounds to the head and face – injuries that can be devastating to a child.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog or other animal, the owner of that animal may be liable for your injuries. Nevada law allows the victim of a dog or animal attack to recover compensation on the grounds of negligence. This means that the animal’s owner must show a lack of ordinary care; for instance, an owner allowing a dog to roam around the neighborhood unsupervised, or a daycare provider letting a stray dog into the facility may both be considered negligent.
Getting the Help You Need
A large percentage of dog and animal attacks go unreported. This is likely due to the fact that, often, victims are well acquainted with or friends of the owner. In fact, 60 percent of dog and animal attacks happen in the owner’s own home. In such cases, victims may be reluctant to solicit the help of a personal injury attorney. But if you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite incident, an attorney can be invaluable resource to help you through this difficult time. When you work with an attorney, he or she will work with the responsible party’s insurance company for you, so you can maintain a friendly relationship with the other party if that is your wish.
Dog and animal attacks can have serious repercussions; make sure you’re getting the compensation you deserve.