What Should Victims Do When A Dog Bites & Causes Injuries?

by Terry Bryant

When a dog bites, it may be relatively harmless, but when it’s not, it’s important that a victim receives medical assistance as soon as possible and documents the details surrounding the attack.

While there are millions of dog bites each year in the United States, many of them are small nips that may not even break the skin. However, dog bites can also be extremely serious, resulting in severe injury. In these cases, owners may be negligent and victims have the right to seek legal assistance to get the justice they deserve.

Many people love dogs, and there’s no shortage of reasons for their reputation as man’s best friend. However, canine attacks can be vicious, resulting in disfigurement, nerve damage, broken bones, and any other variety of ailments.

Beyond the initial injuries, there can be a variety of other consequences when a dog bites. Medical bills can rapidly pile up for a victim, no matter how good his or her medical coverage may be. Canines also often attack a victim’s hands, legs, or feet, meaning that a victim may be out of work for an extended period after their medical treatment has ended—and sometimes permanently. Finally, beyond the pain and suffering of the initial attack, victims—especially children—may suffer from continued psychological harm, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When these incidents happen, they are often the result of negligence. Victims of vicious canine attacks should consider contacting a lawyer with a background in canine attack cases for a consultation.