Dog bites are a serious problem, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million Americans, nearly half of whom are children, suffer dog bites each year. Of these millions of dog bite victims, almost 900,000 per year need medical attention. In fact, some dog attacks are even fatal. And more than 2,700 people had to have reconstructive surgery due to dog bites in 2012 alone.
Not only do dog bites hurt people physically, but they hurt financially, too: Americans face an estimated $1 billion in losses yearly due to dog bite attacks. That’s why if you’ve been attacked, you need the help of skilled dog bite lawyers like the ones at Jim Adler & Associates.
These dog bites never should happen, not if people were obeying the law. Virtually every city in America has leash laws requiring dogs to be properly restrained. That means they should be inside a house, inside a fenced yard, or on a leash at all times. They should not be free to run anywhere they want, including a front yard or driveway.
Some dog owners choose to ignore or are ignorant of such laws, and they let their dogs run loose around their property. “He won’t bite,” they may say, but there’s always a first time, and the law is the law. Besides, why risk being fined for failing to restrain a dog or even facing a dog bite lawsuit if your dog bites a passer-by? The law is on the side of the victim, and when the victim also has a dog bite lawyer like Jim Adler, the Texas Hammer®, on their side, irresponsible dog owners don’t stand a chance.
In fact, dog bite laws are getting tougher. Dog owners whose animals attack people even can be sent to prison for some offenses. In Harris County, two people were charged in January 2014 after two pit bulls attacked and killed a homeless woman. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said at that time that dog attacks causing serious bodily injury or death will not be tolerated. Instead, such dogs’ owners “will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” Those charged in a dog attack lawsuit could face two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
“Many people believe their dog is a loving member of their family and will not bite, but given the right situation, most dogs can attack,” Anderson said. “You must be a responsible pet owner.”
If you have suffered a dog bite, notify our personal injury lawyers. We can provide you with a dog bite attorney to champion your case and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.
Don’t worry about a trial: Most personal injury lawsuits are resolved by negotiations to reach an out-of-court settlement. And our law firm works on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t pay unless we win your case. Then, our firm is paid from a portion of the settlement amount, not out of your pocket.
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite and needed costly medical treatments, then you may also need a dog bite lawyer to fight for your legal right to compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced dog bite lawyers can help. Submit your online request for a FREE case review or call us at 1-800-505-1414 today.