West Virginia Dog Bite Attorney
Dog Bite & Animal Attack Claims in West Virginia
Dog mauling, dog bites and other dog attacks can cause serious injury in victims of all ages and levels of physical condition. If the victim of a dog bite or related attack suffers physical or emotional injury as a result, there may be a case for a personal injury claim against the dog owner. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a recent dog bite and has suffered injury as a result, contact a West Virginia injury lawyer from my firm to discuss your options.
Facts About Dog Bites
Dog bite accidents occur to around 4.5 million people every year. The high number of this type of accident makes it important to be aware of the potential and to know what to do in the event that it happens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made efforts to try to raise awareness about the severity of the issue by educating what to do, how to prevent it and why the problem occurs. Out of the millions that are attacked, about 800,000 will end up needing medical attention, and around 380,000 require emergency treatment.
While the rate of attacks is high, fortunately only around 16 people die as a result every year. A dog bite can lead to different outcomes, including infections, scarring, broken bones, punctured skin and more. About 31,000 people require reconstructive surgery every year due to an attack. Children between the ages of 5 to 9 face the most risk, and children that are four and younger will most often sustain an injury to the head or neck region. Medical treatment is often mandatory and it should be sought immediately so that the injuries can be addressed and prevented from escalating.
This can come at a high cost to those who suffer harm, leaving them with injuries and costly medical bills as a result of the incident. In an attack the dog owner may be liable and this should be explored by a Dallas injury attorney to determine if the owner was negligent in some way. Many accidents occur to children and males and depending on the situation they may be owed compensation. If a surgical procedure is required, if work is missed or if a person suffers a permanent disfigurement that leaves them traumatized, this may all be grounds for a case.
Dog Bite Lawyer Serving West Virginia
In West Virginia, there are laws in effect which relieve the dog owner of responsibility, depending on the circumstances of the attack. If the dog has a history of previous attacks, then the owner may be held liable for injuries sustained in any incidents thereafter. If the animal is running loose and away from the owner's property and causes injury in a dog bite, then owner of the animal will be automatically held liable.
This is in accordance with West Virginia's leash laws. If there have been no previous attacks and the incident occurred on the dog owner's property, then the responsibility to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner is on the victim if any financial compensation will be awarded in a court decision.
I understand the terrible damage an event like a dog attack can bring about, and have helped many clients to receive substantial settlements to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and other damages, and other costs associated with recovering from a vicious animal attack. Contact a West Virginia dog bite attorney with Klie Law Offices if you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack so that you can begin tobuild a solid case for compensation.