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Dog Bite

Dogs provide a source of joy and companionship for many across Arlington. Even if you don’t own a dog yourself, there is a pretty good chance you run into one or two in your daily routine. These interactions usually result in gawking at a dog’s cuteness or giving it some friendly pets. However, some interactions with dogs can end in a vicious attack that causes serious injury.

A dog bite can cause momentous pain and suffering. If you or a loved one were recently a victim of a dog bite, you should pursue legal action by reaching out to an Arlington dog bite attorney. The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde has 30 years of experience and can help you obtain compensation.

Dangers of Dog Bites

While accidents happen, there are many laws in place to prevent dog bites from occurring. For example, there are municipal leash laws in Arlington intended to prevent dogs from running free in public. This law is often violated by negligent pet owners. Other laws can be violated if dog owners are aware of their dog’s aggression and still makes the decision to expose it to people. These laws are completely necessary, as the Center for Disease control reported that over 4 million dog bites occur every year and one occurs almost every minute in America.

Dog bites can cause serious harm. In severe cases, major facial reconstruction surgery may be required to address the injury. Nearly 30,000 people a year undergo some form of reconstructive surgery after a dog bite. Harm from a dog bite can be particularly devastating to children who don’t have the means to defend themselves. With reports of people suffering from PTSD after dog bites, it is clear that they can also cause emotional pain.

Medical Costs

After a dog bite occurs, the first step should always be seeking medical attention. Dog bite injuries are at high risk for infection. In fact, the CDC reports that one in every five dog bites become infected. Dog bites are also expensive endeavors, with the average hospital stay costing over $18,000.

No matter your financial situation, always be sure to get a dog bite properly treated. Failing to do so could lead to even more expensive and harmful complications. The cost of medical attention can be mitigated after reaching out to an attorney to make a claim. Annually, dog bites are responsible for nearly $700 million in liability claims.

How to Handle a Dog Bite

After seeking medical attention, you might want an Arlington dog bite attorney to obtain compensation on your behalf. Dog bites are serious injuries that cause reconstructive surgeries, high medical bills, and emotional damage. With over half a century of experience, the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde has the knowhow to stand behind you no matter the circumstance. Recovering from the physical effects of a dog bite injury is hard enough, you shouldn’t have to deal with the financial effects as well. For a free consultation, reach out to us today by filling out a contact form here or giving us a call at 214-883-1700.

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