An unfortunate reality is that dogs are not always manâ€™s best friend. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in America each year. Being bitten by a dog can cause serious health problems. In addition to the obvious pain involved with a dog bite, victims are also susceptible to permanent scarring, nerve damage, and risk of infection – which may even lead to serious illness or death.
MORE THAN JUST A BITE
Regardless of the severity of the trauma, most dog bite injuries result in permanent scars, and secondary cosmetic surgery and scar revision is frequently needed to repair the damage. This regrettably leaves victims of dog bites with lasting reminders of the traumatic event. Scars from dog bites, especially facial scars, can have lifelong impacts on the victimâ€™s emotional well-being.
In addition to causing injury, dog bites can spread germs from dogs to people. According to the CDC, on average, up to eighteen percent of dog bites become infected with bacteria and can lead to Rabies, Pasteurella (a type of bacteria seen in over fifty percent of infected dog bite wounds), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and even Tetanus.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
Minnesota imposes strict liability on the owner of a dog who bites someone without provocation. In general, that means that the owner of the dog, or any person harboring the dog, is held responsible for all damages resulting from a dog attack. It is not necessary to show the dog was dangerous or had bitten someone in the past.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A DOG BITE?
First, seek medical treatment right away. As previously stated, dog bites can cause serious health problems which should be addressed immediately.
Following a dog bite, one of the most important steps to take is to determine the owner of the dog or whoever was in charge of the dog at time the attack took place. Without discovering the owner, there is no way to bring a claim. Discovering the owner may also help the victim to determine if the dog involved is current on its rabies vaccination.
Finally, seek the guidance of an experienced dog bite attorney. Our attorneys will work fast and start protecting your claim. We will contact the owner or person responsible for the dog and locate all insurance coverage available. We will work with your doctors to document the injuries and present your claim to the insurance companies and defense attorneys. While you concentrate on recovering, we will handle getting you and your loved ones the compensation you are entitled to by law. Contact Tentinger Law Firm at 952-953-3330 today.