Dog bite victims suffer serious cuts, puncture wounds, and bruises. Because many victims are children and a large number of dog bites occur to the lips, nose, and face, scarring is often a major issue, requiring costly plastic surgery or affecting the victim for a lifetime. Many dog attack victims must be referred to orthopedists and other specialists to get appropriate treatment for their physical injuries.
Dog Bite Damages Can Be Visible or Invisible, Physical or Emotional
We have handled numerous cases in which the dog bites themselves were not the most serious part of a dog attack. It is common for a victim to suffer broken bones, debilitating spine injuries and other injuries requiring orthopedic surgery and treatment. Several of our largest financial recoveries have been based on dog attacks causing serious spinal injury requiring lumbar fusion. We have seen many cases in which a dog grabbing a person’s upper or lower torso caused a twist or fall with painful and costly consequences.
In other cases, existing conditions or previous injuries are aggravated by dog attacks. For example, a person with diabetes can contract a serious infection that increases health care requirements and costs.
The emotional effects of a dog bite must also be evaluated, and they can be important to the size of the financial recovery. Either children or adults may require psychological counseling by a mental health professional to deal with:
The emotional strain of dealing with and recovering from serious physical injuries
Serious fear, anxiety or depression resulting from the animal attack or dog bite
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which has been diagnosed in victims of dog attacks
We do not emphasize the seriousness of dog bite injuries to frighten people. We do so to raise awareness that our dog bite law is in place to protect your health, your future and the well-being of your family.
Please contact our attorneys for the legal counsel and representation you need to make as full a recovery as possible from a dog bite affecting your family.
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