February 12, 2024
Dogs are known as “man’s best friend” for a reason. They’re kind, loyal, compassionate, and most dogs just want to spend time with their favorite people.
While most dogs are faithful companions and will never pose a problem to people, it can’t be said for every canine. Sadly, some dogs have a reputation for biting. When it causes serious injury, prompt action must be taken.
Some dog bites never amount to anything more than minor nips. But serious ones can cause serious injuries, permanent scarring, and sometimes even death depending on the severity and location of the bite.
It goes without saying that dog bite injuries can absolutely be traumatic events. Should something like this ever happen to you, Hensley Legal Group wants to help you get back on your feet.
If you’re ready to talk about your personal injury case, we will be here to speak with you. Get in touch with our team of experienced and trustworthy Evansville personal injury lawyers at your earliest convenience. You can reach us at 317-472-3333, through our online contact form, or by chatting with us through our website.
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Dogs are everywhere – love them, but be cautious
According to research published in the National Library of Medicine, in the year 2018, about 48 percent of people in the United States owned a dog. The publication further states that dog bites most commonly occur in younger children. Dog bite victims also most commonly sustain injuries to the head and neck in younger children, while other victims more commonly receive bite injuries to their extremities.
This makes sense, as smaller children are typically on a face-to-face level with animals, whereas older children and adults are much taller, and their necks and faces would be harder to reach.
Although most dogs make wonderful loving companions, at the end of the day they are still animals and capable of biting. This is why it’s so important to treat them with respect and care and teach children to treat them properly too.
Some dogs attack completely unprovoked. However, many dogs won’t bite unless they feel threatened, are injured, or are warning a person to stop behaving in a way that makes them uncomfortable.
Here are some tips you can practice minimizing your risk of a dog bite:
- Give the animal plenty of space and make them feel comfortable in their environment
- Teach children to interact appropriately with the dog and pet them gently
- As a rule, never try to pet a strange dog
- If you must pet a dog, always ask an owner’s permission
So, what happens if I am bitten by a dog?
If you do unfortunately suffer a dog attack, it’s very important to get the name and contact information from the dog’s owner. After that, seek medical attention at your earliest convenience.
If the dog attack was serious, you should call 911 and let the paramedics attend to your injuries on the way to the hospital.
If the bite was more minor, you should see your doctor as soon as you can. Even if the bite seems minor, it’s important to have a healthcare professional examine it. Dogs can sometimes carry diseases, even if the owners aren’t aware of it.
Next, you must decide whether you want to pursue a personal injury case. Should you choose to do so, your lawyer will help you gather all the important information to build a case. This will include the dog owner’s name and information, the dog’s medical and behavioral history, your medical records as they pertain to the case, eyewitness testimonies, and more.
In the aftermath of a dog attack, you might be experiencing a wide range of difficult feelings. Know that this is perfectly normal. Your personal injury attorney will help you make smart decisions as you navigate through this difficult time.
We want to help you recover and move past the bite
At the end of the day, no amount of money can erase the pain, suffering, and trauma you endured because of the dog bite. However, we will do everything in our power to make you feel safe and secure as we handle your personal injury case.
When you work with our Evansville personal injury lawyers, you can expect to be treated with the utmost dignity, respect, and care. We’re focused on our clients’ success and happiness, not money. That’s why we work on a contingency basis. We don’t accept any money from our clients unless we win their case for them.
We’re incredibly accessible and easy to reach. If you want to talk about your dog bite case, we will be here to help.
Get in touch with us by chatting with us online, filling out our online contact form, or calling us at 317-472-3333.
Hensley Legal Group is here for you.