The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently conducted a study on the subject of animal attacks and dog bites, and the results have shown that almost 2% of the entire U.S. population is bitten by a canine every year. What this breaks down to is nearly 5 million dog bite victims per year, many of whom are children. Every day, nearly 1,000 dog bite victims arrive in emergency rooms across the country. Losses from dog bites are estimated to exceed over $1 Billion per year, $345 million of which is paid out by homeowner insurance policies.
While you could clearly never get into the mind of an animal, it is easy to see the many reasons why a dog bites. A dog may bite out of fear, or to protect their territory that they have been living in. Unfortunately, some owners allow their dogs to bite while playing, and this can lead to unexpected bites as well. But, whatever the reason that could have led the dog to have bitten a human does not excuse its actions.
If you are the victim of a dog bite, you may be entitled to recover damages. Damages include not just medical bills, but emotional damage and loss of opportunity to earn income because of disfigurement. Only an experienced lawyer will be able to determine if you are eligible for a lawsuit claim. At the Law Offices of Doner & Castro, we can put our over 20 years in practice towards helping you with your claim. If you are the victim of a dog bite, contact a lawyer today. Any delay could adversely affect your eligibility to collect monetary damages.