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Dog Bites

Injuries

Dogs can seem like peaceful creatures at first, but that doesn’t mean they can’t deliver a devastating attack on a victim. Dog bites can be severely harmful and can happen anywhere, and most often occur because of improper training or leaving the dog unleashed. Dog owners are responsible for training their dog and keeping a watchful eye on it, and depending on the state it occurs in, they can be held heavily liable for any injuries their dog may have caused.

Dog bites can deeply pierce the skin, to the point where surgery is needed to treat the area and correct any issues to nerves and tissue. They can also leave damaging scars that may not be covered by your health insurance. The effects of a dog bite can be severe and long-lasting, and result in traumatic physical injuries relating to the brain, head, and neck, concussions, spinal injuries, fractures, shoulder and knee tears, and muscle sprains. There is also the risk of psychological distress, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, that can last for years and affect victims for the rest of their lives.

Insurance & Representation

There is a lot of paperwork that goes into dog bite cases, but luckily, the dog owner’s insurance company may be able to provide benefits during the recovery process. In the case of a dog bite, plenty of evidence must be available, including photographs and official veterinarian documentation regarding a dog’s vaccination status. In some cases, insurance companies will try to blame the victim for the accident, saying that they may have provoked or otherwise incited the dog to attack. They will then deny your claim and use a recorded statement to show that you were at blame for the attack.

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