The Aftermath of a Dog Bite
Many people are attacked by vicious dogs each year. Of course, the media and authorities warn of certain breeds with dangerous propensities, but in reality, any breed of dog may be susceptible to harming an innocent bystander.
According to DogsBite.org, dogs killed 360 Americans between 2005 and 2015. Texas had the highest number of lethal dog attacks, reporting five deaths.
The average victim incurs $18,200 in medical charges for a hospital stay, based on a 2010 study. This means costs can add up quickly, and this does not even account for death or disfigurement claims. A victim might also accumulate lost wages if the injury prevents the victim from performing work duties.
It is important to remember that a victim who provoked a dog, trespassed on another person’s property, or somehow contributed to the injury may not be able to recover for an injury. But innocent victims often have legal recourse against the dog’s owner. There may also be distinctions if you are a licensee or an invitee.
Homeowners insurance may provide coverage for your injuries if you are attacked by a dog on another person’s property. If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog bite, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.