Dog Bite Injuries
Did you know that there are over 78 million dogs owned by American families right now? Many of those dogs live in Santa Fe, too. While most families love their furry little friends, the fact remains that dogs are, at their heart, wild animals. And, sometimes, those dogs do things that they shouldn’t do.
When a dog decides to attack someone, the results can be catastrophic. While we tend to think of dogs as cute and loveable, they can still be ferocious killing machines. It is, after all, in their biological nature. For this reason, it may not be very surprising to learn that the Centers for Disease Control states that roughly 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by a dog each and every year. While the vast majority of these dog bite cases are minor, unfortunately nearly 20% of them result in a dog bite victim having to seek medical attention.
In cases where a dog bite is severe, it can result in significant injuries that can be incredibly long lasting and diverse in the medical complexities that arise from them. Children are, unfortunately, often the victims of these kinds of attacks. Their boundless enthusiasm leads them to misjudge the potential danger that a dog may pose, and they unfortunately suffer the consequences. When this happens, a child will experience injuries outside of merely the physical ones, as often a dog attack can lead to a victim suffering from post-traumatic stress. This is even true in adults.
Receiving compensation for a dog bite can be tricky, and it will largely depend upon the circumstances that surround the case. The laws in the state of Texas hold that a dog owner is financially liable for a dog bite victim’s pain, suffering and medical bills that result from the attack. That being said, Texas also has another law called the “one free bite” rule. This permits a dog owner to be unaccountable for a dog’s attack if it’s the dog’s first sign of such aggression.
Because the laws surrounding dog bites are incredibly complex and sometimes conflicting, it’s important that you retain the services of a qualified attorney. The Santa Fe dog bite injury lawyers at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman are well versed in dog bite laws, and can help you or a loved one in getting the compensation you deserve for your dog bite injuries.