The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly twice as many people will be bitten by a dog in the United States this year as will those who will be hurt in a car accident. Despite the high risk for a dog bite injury, may people do not appreciate the risks posed by these animals or the harm that may result.
Often, a friendly interaction with a dog can turn violent in an instant and can leave a victim with bite-related injuries. These may need medical treatment and often will scar; there are additional risks for infection and the transmission of diseases when a dog is the attacker and it may take time before a victim fully understands his or her injuries. Speaking with a personal injury attorney in Phoenix can help you understand your options and your rights if a dog bite has affected you or your loved one. In many cases, financial compensation may be possible.
Authorities in Glendale confirmed a dog attack case on Tuesday that involved two young boys and left both with serious injuries. At this time, officials believe that a family dog near the boys turned violent and bit both children who are age eight and age 13. The attack was serious enough to necessitate the removal of the 8-year-old boy by air ambulance to an area hospital where he is expected to survive but it is not clear what lasting effects may result. The 13-year-old boy was also in need of medical help but was taken by standard ambulance as opposed to air ambulance.
Reports indicate that the dog at issue was involved with multiple biting incidents previously and that he has been euthanized as a result of this most current incident. Officials have also stated that the 13-year-old who was attacked was not a member of the same household as the dog and instead was a neighbor. Adult owners of the dog may have been on the property at the time of the incident.
A dog attack can affect anyone of any age but due to their short stature and limited physical presence, children are often victimized in these incidents. Parents may be saddled with medical bills and other financial damages in addition to the pain and suffering experienced due to these attacks and may not know where to turn.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call and offer you a free case consultation if a dog bite incident has affected your life or the life of your loved one. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and everything discussed will be kept confidential so do not wait; call Abels & Annes, P.C. today.
Prior Blog Entry:
Phoenix Crash between Car and Tractor Leaves 3 Critically Injured, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published February 16, 2015.
Family dog attacks 2 boys at Glendale home, by Phil Benson, CBS5AZ.com, published February 18, 2015.