Owners are responsible for serious injuries caused by dog bites or uncontrolled animals.
Dog owners, walkers, handlers and sometimes landlords can be held liable for negligent or vicious behavior of animals. Many personal injury victims have long-term damages and sometimes permanent physical and emotional scarring from these occurrences. Other than obvious skin puncture wounds, it's important to know there may be non-visible serious injuries to deep tissue, bones, muscle, tendons, blood vessels and nerves. The CDC reports:
- About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year
- Almost one in five of those who are bitten, a total of 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries
- In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs
At Blue + Blue Law in Columbus we ensure that our clients receive treatment and compensation for injuries sustained from dog bites or other injuries resulting from out of control animals. In the majority of cases, payment comes from the owners home or renters insurance.
"Dog bites, especially in children, leave deep seated and long standing physical and emotional harm. We help our clients to recover and make things right. " -Douglas J. Blue
Steps to follow if a dog bite occurs:
If you or someone close to you has been seriously injured, scarred and possibly traumatized by an animal bite or attack, you should:
- first seek medical attention
- obtain veterinary immunization records on the animal if available
- keep good records of the events that took place
- and call us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible