Dog attacks are extremely common in the United States affecting children and adults alike. According to statistics put forth by the Humane Society, over 4.7 million Americans are bitten each year – that’s about two percent of the population in the United States as a whole. Over 334,000 victims are sent to the emergency room for treatment. That comes out to about 914 per day. While most injuries can be treated with ease, some dog bite injuries can be permanent.
Be it a child or an adult, anyone can be affected by a dog attack. Dogs frequently tend to attack a person’s face and then their arms and legs. A dog attack can lead to permanent injuries, such as:
- Severe scarring
- Disfigured face and extremities
- Lost fingers
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Psychological damage
- Limited movement
Dog attacks often leave permanent scarring where the person was attacked. This often leads to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and more. Treating the scars over time can be very expensive and constant, and is usually not feasible for a person to undergo. Physically, dog attacks often result in muscle and nerve damage. While the effects are often temporary, some victims find that they never return to their full selves after recovering. This can manifest itself in reduced or eliminated movement.
Dogs are largely unpredictable animals – however, that is why it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the dog is guarded and kept in a secure location away from others. When an owner fails to train their dog, properly keep their dog fenced in, or even raises their dog to be violent, the results can be disastrous.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog and has sustained permanent injuries as a result, contact a personal injury lawyer who could help. Contact Lombardi and Lombardi by phone or online today to schedule your case consultation. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.