Dogs are a great source of joy for many people. While responsible dog owners take the proper steps to rear a happy, well-adjusted animal and to keep their pet adequately secure at all times, some pet owners are fail in these reasonable obligations. When the proper care is not exercised, a dog bite is more likely to occur.
The attorneys at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. have represented clients who’ve fallen victim to irresponsible dog owners. We’ve seen firsthand the damage sustained by these people, damage that sometimes causes lasting pain, scars and other effects.
Even a minor dog bite can have a negative impact on your health. Here are a few of the physical and mental effects that may accompany a dog attack:
People involved in violent dog attacks also experience mental and emotional effects. If a person develops a fear of dogs, they may react strongly whenever coming across them in public. This can lead to avoidance behaviors and anxiety. Other reminders of the event can also cause emotional distress, even when there is no direct threat present.
You may also consider filing a lawsuit against the dog owner for their carelessness. Cases involving dog bites often involve either a dog owner who was aware of dog’s aggressive behavior prior to the attack or that the dog owner’s conduct contributed in some other way as a cause for the attack.
We’ll review the details of the case, as well as the history of the animal in question. Based on our investigation, we will discuss our legal strategy with you and whether it is possible to obtain the necessary compensation to cover pain and suffering, as well as any medical bills you’ve incurred. In addition to addressing your own damages and harms, taking legal action against a negligent dog owner may also protect others from future harm.