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Dog Bite Accident

Nearly everyone loves man's best friend who is someone who gives unconditional love and who snuggles up to us during cold winters. Even so, there are occasional misunderstandings between man and man's best friend that can result in a dog bite. Most of the time, a dog will give some warning before it actually breaks someone's skin, but if it is very frightened or feels threatened, it may bite and cause an injury to a human. If you've been injured by a dog bite, an experienced lawyer can evaluate your case to help you defend your rights.

Dog Bite Laws

There are many laws and ordinances whose purpose it is to protect people in the event of a dog bite. Those who own pets of any kind must always keep those pets under control so that they are secured and not running around freely. For example, a dog should be on a leash while in public. If the city you live in has a leash law, then a dog owner whose unleashed dog bites you may be held negligent. A dog owner may be held responsible for a dog bite injury any time it injures a human who is on public property or who is lawfully on private property. If you are bitten by a dog while at work, workers' compensation insurance may apply.

Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bite injuries can range from the very minor to the very serious. A small bite may result in a small puncture wound or laceration, while the bite from a very frightened or aggressive dog can result in facial scarring, bone fractures, blindness or even death. One of the biggest hazards of dog bite wounds is that they often become infected. For almost any dog bite, it is necessary to seek medical care immediately. Medical treatment of an extensive dog bite injury may quickly become expensive and may even require treatment like plastic surgery. It is always wise to consult with an expert lawyer when a dog bite injury is serious.


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