There are an incredible number of dogs kept as pets in the United States, with 29% of all households owning at least one dog and a total of 78 million pet canines. Those numbers add up to roughly one dog for every four humans in the country, which makes interacting with canine companions inevitable, even if you don’t own a dog personally.
The vast majority of dogs are incredibly friendly, loving, and loyal creatures. Unfortunately, there are exceptions to every rule, and there are dogs that are aggressive and may become dangerous. Pet owners are responsible for their actions of their pets however, and a bite or attack from an aggressive animal should never be the financial responsibility of the victim when it could have been prevented by the responsible and competent behavior of the owner.
Dog Attack Injuries
Even well behaved and socialized dogs can be put in situations where they feel threatened or frightened and seek to defend themselves. When a dog attacks, it can result in serious complications for the victim, including the following common injuries:
- Lacerations & contusions
- Soft tissue damage, such as ligaments and tendons
- Bone fractures
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Motor control impairment
Children are especially vulnerable to dog attacks, as their smaller stature makes it much easier for an aggressive dog to attack the face or throat. In some unfortunate circumstances, injuries sustained in a dog attack may be fatal.
If you or someone you loved has suffered an injury in a dog attack, you will likely face substantial medical expenses and other losses as a result of the incident. At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, veteran attorney Bill Pelhan is committed to protecting the rights and interests of dog bite victims and will work diligently to help you fight for full and fair compensation for your losses. To find out how he can help you through this difficult situation, call 717-392-6362.