When you walk down the street and see a dog, what are your first thoughts? If you are like most of us, you think that nothing is wrong and continue walking. However, we know that dog attacks are much more common than most people realize.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we understand that you may need help if you have been attacked by a dog. If a dog owner’s negligence contributed to the attack, we want to ensure that you receive a fair compensation. When you need a Philadelphia dog attack attorney, contact us today.
What Can Happen?
Would it surprise you to learn that there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites each year in the US?
That number may not seem so high when you consider that there are nearly 90 million pet dogs in the country. While not all of those dog bites are serious, many of them are. According to the CDC:
- Around 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog need to seek medical attention.
- The elderly and children are at higher risk of many injuries in an attack.
We commonly see a range of injuries from dog attacks. Dogs have very powerful jaws. When they bite, they can inflict massive soft tissue damage. It is not uncommon for dog attacks to leave a person disfigured or with serious damage to veins, arteries, muscles, and tendons. Often, these dog bites become infected, leading to further medical costs for victims.
In serious dog attacks, surgery is often required to restore a victim’s appearance and functionality at the attack area. While this is costly, many people do not consider the hidden costs of dog attacks, particularly the emotional and psychological damage that is inflicted.
How They Happen?
We know that not all cases of dog attacks are a dog owner’s fault. However, there are times when their negligence or carelessness contributes directly to an attack. This can include:
- Taking a dog off of its leash despite municipal leash laws that are in place.
- Not properly securing a dog at their home. This can include leaving fence and doors open.
- Allowing a dog that is known to be aggressive to interact with other people or pets.
In the aftermath of an attack, always notify law enforcement or animal control. This will document what happened and you may find out that the dog has had prior incidents.
Your Next Phone Call
We know that a dog attack is the last thing you thought you would have to deal with. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a dog’s owner, please seek legal assistance immediately. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we understand that these cases can become complex. That will not stop us from recovering the compensation you deserve, including coverage for:
- All of your medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages