The Center for Disease Control estimates that dog bites account for 4.7 million injuries each year with 800,000 of those injuries requiring medical attention. Half of all dog bite victims are children with the rate of victims being highest for children between the ages of five and nine years old.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you likely have sustained medical expenses and may have sustained permanent scarring or disfigurement, lost income, a reduction in your earning capacity, rehabilitation expenses as well as pain and suffering.
Most homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage for dog bites. The laws concerning owner responsibility vary from state to state. Many times, injuries to children are more complicated than they first appear. Children grow a layer of facial fat at puberty which may be disrupted by a dog bite and the scar may worsen as the child ages. We work with experienced plastic surgeons who will review the injury, evaluate the possibility of future scarring, and help us to help you make good decisions as to your claim. In addition, the vicious nature of such attacks may cause a psychological injury that needs evaluation and treatment. For all of these factors, you must obtain good legal advice.
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If you’ve been injured by a dog bite in Minnesota, Iowa or South Dakota, contact us to get started on resolving your dog bite case. Remember, consultations with prospective clients on dog bite injury cases are free of charge.