According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. Almost one in five of those who are bitten (a total of 885,000) require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.
Dog attacks represent some of the most gruesome and upsetting personal injuries, particularly when suffered by helpless parties such as children or the elderly. Dog bite victims are often left with lasting physical damages as well as emotional pain and fear. In all dog bite injury cases, it is imperative to identify the attacking dog and ascertain the name of the dog's owner; collect names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the incident; and take photos of the scene of the attack and your injuries.
The dog bite injury attorneys at Marc. J Shuman & Associates, LTD in Chicago, IL serve the Greater Chicagoland Area and can send an investigator to the scene of the attack, as well as ensure your doctor preserves all evidence of your injuries.
Depending on the specific circumstances of the situation, different types of injuries can result from a dog bite. Common dog bite injuries include:
Lacerations and puncture wounds are often the most severe injuries, as they can cause disfigurement and introduce infections. The risk of infection can be especially dangerous for people with weakened or compromised immune systems. Unvaccinated dogs pose an even greater risk for victims of dog bites.
While most dogs are sweet and lovable, there are certain instances in which an attack can occur, and the types of personal injuries that can occur can be quite extensive. If you, or someone you know, have been bitten by a dog, there is certain information that you should collect in order to help your case. Do your best to find out the name of the owner of the dog and, if there were other witnesses, make sure to get their contact information as well. Take pictures of any of your injuries, as well as where the attack occurred.
Even if the bite seems to be a minor one, it is always a good idea to consult a medical provider to make sure your injury is cared for in the best manner. If you have issues with the dog's owner, or if you would prefer to have a third party involved, you may want to consider contacting an attorney.
More than half of the states in the U.S. have dog bite liability laws that place the responsibility for dog bites/attacks on dog owners, whether or not the owner had reason to believe their dog was dangerous. Many of these state laws cover not just dog bites, but all dog-inflicted injuries (such as an injury resulting from being knocked to the ground by a dog).
The idea behind the laws is that an owner should be responsible for his or her dog, period. These laws do have some requirements, however. The victims must prove:
The victim must also prove that the person being sued is, in fact, the owner of the dog. An attorney can help you understand whether a state law applies in your case.
To ensure that you get the best representation possible, you should retain a legal practice that has experience with personal injury claims involving dog bites. Although you may have obtained information about the attack, your dog bite lawyer may also send an investigator to further look into the incident. This helps keep your direct involvement to a minimum while finding out everything that is necessary to build a case against the at-fault party.
A dog bite lawyer will also make sure that documentation of your injuries is sound and will enlist the help of medical expertise to help your claim.
Dog bite statistics paint a frightening picture. More than 4.5 million people in the United States suffer a dog bite every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In roughly 20 percent of those cases, the victim will need medical attention. In many of those cases, an attorney can litigate on behalf of the victim to secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.
People should practice safe behavior around dogs of any breed. Should a bite occur, it is important to get in touch with an expert dog bite lawyer in as soon as possible. A dog bite attorney can help a victim by gathering all the necessary information and interviewing witnesses, as well as taking pictures of the injuries and the scene of the attack. Last, an attorney can pursue a lawsuit for damages to cover the cost of necessary medical treatment.
Since 1996, the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates have been helping dog bite victims, including all injured victims and their families, navigate the complex legal process. As experienced personal injury, worker’s compensation, and wrongful death attorneys, we can help you evaluate the facts, assess your options, navigate the legal challenges, and advocate on your behalf.
The law office of Marc J. Shuman & Associates has over 77 combined years of experience advocating for over 10,000 injury victims and their families, recovering over 50 million dollars on their behalf. We advocate on your behalf so you can focus on the task of recovery.