The Emotional and Financial Costs of a Dog Bite Attack
Dog bites and dog maulings are all too often a leading news item on TV and in the paper. While the actual physical injuries of a dog attack victim are noticeable, the emotional costs of an attack may be unclear. Dog bite injuries can range from minor puncture wounds and scratches to extremely deep lacerations, involving scarring which sometimes requires numerous plastic surgeries, often over a long period of time. Other physical damage occurs from wounds which become infected, as well as permanent damage to nerves and/or tissue.
Physical injuries and rehabilitation aren’t the only aftermath for a dog attack victim to deal with. Often, the attack leaves terror in its wake, with emotional issues that may last a lifetime. Many other trauma caused by dog bites include post traumatic stress, severe anxiety, and depression. A fear of dogs can be debilitating, and can affect being in a public area where dogs may be, or keep someone from visiting a friend’s home where they are known to have a dog.
In addition to the the high cost of physical and emotional distress, there is a financial cost as well. Dog bites cost you and your family thousands of dollars financially. Even with health insurance, your medical bills can be extreme, reaching into the high thousands. A visit to the emergency room followed by several surgeries may include and extended hospital stay, or even more than one hospitalization. Ongoing medical treatments may be necessary in especially serious dog mauling cases, involving years of therapy and extensive reconstructive plastic .surgery.
Last year alone dog bite attacks cost over $108 million in insurance claims settlements. Dog bite statistics show that canine attack claims made up over 30% of all homeowners insurance liability claims. The average cost of a dog bite claim was just over $24,000.
If you or a child or other loved one have been a victim of a vicious attack, are you expecting for your medical bills to be willingly paid for by the dog’s owner? Good luck with that. Even though the law doesn’t require that you prove the owner of the animal did anything wrong, they are legally responsible for the damages caused. However, getting the owners and their insurance company to actually pay for the medical bills and treatment can be frustrating and time consuming. You can’t just wait for someone to do the right thing. If you or your child have been involved in a dog bite or are the victim of a vicious dog attack, talk to an experienced dog bite lawyer today. The costs of being a victim are already too much, don’t be further victimized by not being able to reach a fair dog bite lawsuit settlement.