We Can Help if You’ve Been Injured From a Dog Bite
With over 80 million dogs in American homes, these pets are an important part of our lives. Generally, dogs are considered family members that provide companionship and happiness to their owners. However, sometimes dogs can become aggressive and bite, causing serious injury to you or your loved ones.
If you or a loved one was attacked by a dog, you understand how scary and serious a dog bite injury can be. In an instant, you, your child or spouse might sustain a serious personal injury because of a ferocious dog. These injuries often require emergency medical treatment. In extreme cases, your dog attack might even require surgery. Our West Virginia dog bite attorneys know victims often must deal with scarring and disfigurement and severe emotional trauma. We fight hard to make sure our clients are fully compensated for losses, which may include medical bills, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.
Knowing what to do after a dog bite can be overwhelming. Many people will likely give you a lot of advice about what you should do. They might tell you that you don’t – or shouldn’t – take legal action, especially if the dog belongs to a friend or neighbor. But why should you and your family have to pay what could add up to thousands of dollars in medical expenses when it wasn’t your fault?
At Colombo Law, we don’t think it’s fair to have to shoulder the financial burden when you’ve done nothing wrong. After you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, you should first seek immediate medical attention. Your next step would be to contact Colombo Law. Our experienced West Virginia dog attack attorneys have handled many dog bite cases throughout North Central West Virginia. We thoroughly understand West Virginia’s dog bite laws, and we know how to get results.
How common are dog bites?
The statistics are startling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dogs bite nearly 4.5 million people each year nationwide. That’s one dog bite every 7 seconds in America.
While dogs can potentially bite anyone, young children face the most serious risk of being injured. The highest rate for dog-bite related injuries is among children 5 to 9 years old, according to the CDC.
And if you think dog bite injuries are minor, think again. Approximately 885,000 people every year require emergency medical attention, the CDC reports. In addition, approximately 27,000 dog bite victims every year need reconstructive surgery, according to the CDC.
If you’ve suffered an injury after a dog attack, call our experienced attorneys today. We’ll work to recover money for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost time at work.