Columbus Dog Bite Attorney
Holding Owners Responsible for Harm Their Pet Caused
Dog attacks can cause significant harm, from immediate physical injury to long-term emotional damage. To treat their wounds, dog bite victims often need extensive medical care, and in some cases may have to miss work to heal. Extended hospital stays and lengthy recovery times can take a financial toll, and because the incident was unexpected, they may not have the means to cover losses and expenses. Fortunately, victims can take action to hold the dog owner, keeper, or harborer legally responsible for the attack and seek to recover compensation for damages.
If a dog bit or attacked you, reach out to HMW Law. We can provide the focused and caring representation you need to navigate the nuances of your case. Our Columbus dog bite lawyers will work directly with you to understand the specifics of your situation and develop a personalized legal strategy. We can invest the necessary time and resources to seek a just result on your behalf.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dogs have sharp teeth and strong jaws, and when they bite, they can cause substantial damage. Additionally, large, heavy breeds have the weight and strength to knock someone over.
Dog attacks can result in various types of injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Puncture wounds: A dog's teeth can tear through flesh, causing deep wounds. The injury can lead to nerve damage or diseases.
- Broken bones: If a dog bites hard enough, or if a person falls while being chased or pushed by a dog, the victim could break or fracture bones.
- Facial injuries: A dog attack can result in lacerations on the face. In some cases, the animal might cause eye, nose, or lip injuries. Such harm can lead to physical as well as emotional scarring.
- Head and neck injuries: If a person is knocked over during a dog attack, they could fall and hit their head. The impact can cause a concussion or torn muscles and tissue, among other injuries.
In addition to physical harm caused by a dog bite or attack, victims sometimes suffer emotional damages. They might develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or cynophobia, which is a fear of dogs. Any harm sustained can impact the victim's ability to live their life as they once did.
If you were bitten by a dog, ensure you receive a thorough medical evaluation. Getting proper care can help identify any injuries that are not immediately apparent and can help as you build your personal injury case.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered?
As mentioned earlier, dog attack victims likely need medical care and time away from work to recover.
Victims may be awarded financial recovery for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other damages arising from the incident
Because your case is unique, it is essential to speak with our Columbus dog bite attorneys about your circumstances. We can evaluate the matter and determine what you may be compensated for.
How Can an Attorney Help?
When you pursue a dog bite case, you must prove either that the dog had bitten before (or attempted to do so) and the owner knew it or that you were lawfully on the property when the attack occurred. You must also challenge defenses the dog's owner and insurance company raise against your claims.
At HMW Law, our dog bite lawyers in Columbus will investigate your case, build a legal strategy for you, and present your claim to the insurance company. We can seek just compensation during negotiations but will also be ready to litigate your case if a trial is necessary.
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