By: Darrell Castle
If your child was attacked by a neighbor’s dog, you should contact a personal injury attorney today.
When a dog attacks an adult, there’s a 12% chance he or she will need medical attention. Replace the adult with a child, and that number increases to 26%.
Painful rabies shots, stitches, and – in some cases – plastic surgery are needed when a dog attacks a child. Not only do those treatments result in expensive medical bills, but children are likely to live with physical and mental trauma for many years after a dog attack as well.
If it wasn’t your dog that attacked the child, then your family shouldn’t have to foot the bill. Instead, your family should be compensated for the medical bills, pain, suffering and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can help with that.
Although the most likely place for a dog attack to occur is in the home of the victim, the second most likely place is at a friend’s home. It’s important for dog owners to know whether or not their dog poses any threat to the public…especially to kids.
Some dog owners are very good about protecting children from their aggressive dog. Parents need to be aware – and need to teach their children – to look for signs like yellow ribbons around the dog’s collar. This is a symbol to proceed with caution because the dog may be aggressive around children or adults.
However, not all dog owners are good dog owners. And not all good dog owners are proactive.
With more than 52,000,000 dogs in the US, there’s always a chance to run into an aggressive dog in the neighborhood – a dog that can hurt you.
And your child is at risk. More than 50% of dog bite victims are children under the age of 12.
When a dog attacks your child, do two things
1. Seek medical treament.
Dog bites are a greater health concern for children than measles, mumps and coughing combined.
2. If it wasn’t your dog, contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
You need an attorney you can trust. You need an attorney who’s going to take your case seriously. You need an attorney who’s going to be detailed and responsive through the entire process. You need an attorney who’s going to fight to get you the compensation your family deserves.
Darrell Castle & Associates has handled dog attack cases of all shapes and sizes in Memphis for decades. Along the way, our office has received multiple Client Distinction Awards from Martindale-Hubbell for client satisfaction. I promise you’re in good hands here.
Call (901) 327-1212 for a FREE case evaluation. Or you can fill out the form to the right to have someone contact YOU.