Almost 5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year. Sixty percent of victims are children, but the elderly and home service workers, such as letter carriers and meter readers, also are at the top of the dog-bite list. Annually, dog bite victims requiring medical attention number 500,000 to 1 million, and about a dozen victims on average die.
In addition to pain and suffering, a dog bite that requires medical attention is a financial burden. According to Western Insurance Information Service, insurance companies paid out more than $1 billion in dog bite claims in 1998.
In more serious cases, dog bites can cause emotional distress or even post-traumatic stress disorder for the rest of a victim’s life.
Many Americans erroneously think they must be mauled by a Rottweiler to consider themselves entitled to compensation, but there is no such thing as a “bad breed.” All dogs can be provoked to bite – even poodles and terriers. Most victims also are usually bitten by dogs with which they are familiar, not strays.
If you believe the bite was due to:
- negligence on the part of the dog owner,
- disregard for leash laws in a city that has leash laws,
- intentional conduct on the part of the dog owner,
- unreasonable force by a police officer using a police dog,
- failure on the part of a pet-sitting establishment to provide a dog with adequate care,
- or veterinary malpractice,
you could be entitled to compensation. In most cases, dog bite victims have only one year to seek legal action for their injuries. At Ted Machi & Associates, we’ll help you recover medical expenses and get the settlement you deserve.
Attorneys to Handle Dog Bites
Our firm consists of a Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, Mansfield Personal Injury attorney with an experienced team of trial attorneys who are qualified to provide you with excellent representation of your injury claim. Personal injury damages from Dog Bites may include medical expenses, loss of wage earning capacity, pain and suffering and mental anguish, loss of physical capacity, and loss of enjoyment of life. Contact an Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Mansfield Texas Personal Injury Lawyer from the firm of Machi and Associates, P.C. today to handle your case.
Dog Bites and Our Law Firm
Our firm is prepared to represent you and your case in any situation involving Dog Bites.