Texas Boy Protected Sister From Dog Attack
We are learning of a heroic act that happened recently in Texas. A 10-year-old boy is being honored for protecting his sister from two large dogs that got loose last week. A boy named Jonathan and his sister, Melanie were attacked by two dogs as they were talking to their bus stop. The incident happened right around the corner from their home but Jonathan was the only one who was around to help. He ended up taking the majority of the dog bites while shielding his sister.
Both children were taken to the hospital and are recovering from their injuries, but this incident highlights just how vulnerable the public is to dog bites. In fact, they happen more often than most people realize. Luckily, some neighbors stepped in to help Jonathan and Melanie, but many people are not as lucky. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help if you have been hurt by a dog and someone else is to blame for the incident. When you need a Dallas dog bite injury attorney, call us today.
The CDC tells us that there are around 4.7 million dog bites each year in the United States and that 800,000 of them require medical attention. To be clear, these bites can cause serious injuries:
- Bites can become infected, causing problems elsewhere in a person’s body.
- They often require both emergency surgery and plastic surgery to restore function to an area.
- Emotional and psychological damage also occurs due to these incidents.
Children and the elderly are at a higher risk of injuries from dog bites because they often cannot fight back or get away from the situation.
Why They Happen
While the story above did not get into why the dogs were out and attacked Jonathan and Melanie, we know that they probably got away from an area they should have been contained in. Someone was negligent in their care and allowed this to happen.
Dog owners must be responsible. This includes following leash laws when they bring their dogs in public. If they let their dog off the leash thinking nothing will happen, the results could be disastrous.
Dog owners should be held responsible for any injuries their pets cause if they are negligent, especially if they know there is a potential for their dog to become aggressive.
What You Can Do
Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance in the aftermath of a dog bite injury. If someone else’s negligence contributed to your injuries, they should be held liable. At The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will work with you to secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an incident like this. That can include:
- Coverage of medical bills
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages
- And more