Child Injured After Dog Bite In Texas
We want to take you a few hours outside of Dallas to highlight something that is a bigger problem than most people realize – dog bites. The incident happened in Cedar Park and has left a 10-year-old boy seriously hurt.
On November 28, police received a call just after 5 p.m. and arrived to find a child with a major leg wound that his parents say was caused by a dog bite. According to the boy’s father, Lincoln LeMere, the boy was playing football with a friend when the incident occurred. LeMere said that the dog, a boxer-terrier mix, got away from its owner while she was walking to the mailbox.
The boy’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, but the wound is extensive. The dog is currently under a 10-day quarantine where animal control will determine if it is a threat to the community.
The Scary Numbers
Not only do 36 percent of US households have dogs, but we want to tell you these statistics:
- There are almost 90 million dogs in the country that are pets.
- Nearly 4.7 million dog bites each year.
- The CDC says that nearly 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog require medical attention.
First, we want to say that children and the elderly are most susceptible to dog bite injuries because they cannot defend themselves as well as a healthy adult. That being said, anyone is at risk of getting bitten by a dog.
Dogs bite people for various reasons, often because they are scared or have been surprised in some way. These are bites that an owner likely could not have prevented. However, there are times when a dog’s owner is responsible for what happens.
- Anytime a dog has a history of aggression, the owner should take extra precautions. This means not letting their dog around other people or other people’s pets.
- If a dog owner lets a dog off its leash despite laws that say that should not happen, they could be held liable if someone gets bitten. Letting a dog off a leash can create an unpredictable situation.
Dog bite injuries can be severe and often require plastic surgery to restore functionality and appearance to an area of the body. The emotional trauma of a dog bite can haunt people for years.
Your Next Steps
Getting bitten or attacked by a dog is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. If this has happened to you due to another person’s negligence, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we are ready to step in and secure the compensation you need for all of your incident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for medical bills
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages