Dog Attack Severely Injures Texas Woman
We are brining you a story from outside of our usual coverage area because it highlights something we have been pointing out for a while – dogs have the potential to cause major injuries.
Last week, a Galveston woman was severely injured after another dog attacked her as she was walking her own dog. The incident left her requiring surgery, but she is in stable condition.
“She started screaming,” said an eyewitness.
A few bystanders jumped into action, with one stabbing the attacking dog in an attempt to get him to stop. “He was determined to kill,” said one witness of the dog.
While the investigation of this incident is still ongoing, we know that dog bites are not rare in the country. In fact, you may be surprised to find out how common they are.
Do you know what to do if someone else’s negligence causes you harm?
If you need a Dallas dog bite attorney, contact the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde today.
According to the CDC, there are around 4.7 million dog bites that occur each year in the Unites States. We know that numbers seem astounding, but consider that there are millions of dogs in the US.
While most of those bites are minor, around 800,000 of them will require emergency treatment. Sometimes, even a simple bite can become infected. California had the highest number of dog bite claims of any state in the country, though claims are rising throughout the country.
So, why do these bites happen?
Often, dog bites occur because a dog’s owner violates municipal leash laws and allows their pet to wander around other people and dogs with no restraint. This can cause attacks to happen, even if a dog is not normally aggressive.
We also know that there are times when a dog has had a history of aggressive behavior, yet their owner continues to allow them to interact with other people.
In both cases, a dog owner should be held responsible if their dog causes harm to someone else.
We know that dog attacks and bites be particularly devastating, especially for children and the elderly. These two vulnerable groups do not have the same ability to get away from a dog or defend themselves in an attack. Injuries from these attacks can have two consequences: physical harm and emotional harm.
Often, surgery is required to fix dog attack damage. We also know that many people report symptoms of PTSD long after an attack happens to them.
What Are Your Options?
We know that the last thing you think about when you are around a dog is that it may bite or attack you. Unfortunately, you cannot always control the situation. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve if someone else’s negligence has caused you to be harmed by a dog.