Animal Attacks/Dog Bites
Nearly 4.5 million Americans every year suffer dog bite injuries, one in five of which is serious enough to require medical treatment. If you have been attacked by a dog or other animal, you may need surgery, skin grafts, or plastic surgery. The state of Missouri imposes strict liability on the owner of a dog who bites someone, absent provocation of the dog by the victim. In Kansas, the victim generally has to prove negligence by the owner under what is known as the “one bite” rule.
Dog bite injuries can include anything from simple marks to serious scars or infections such as Rabies. Other injuries can include:
- Puncture wounds
- Cuts and scrapes
- Tissue loss
- Muscle loss
- Hair loss
- Fractured bones
- Blood vessel and nerve damage
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Individuals injured in dog attacks will often need serious medical treatment, surgery, rehabilitation and therapy. Sometimes skin grafts will be required or permanent disfigurement may require plastic surgery.
A dog attack may be one of the most frightening experiences that an adult or child will ever experience. These incidents may cause more than physical injury but lasting emotional trauma and a permanent wariness of dogs.
One of the most important things you can do if you were bitten by a dog is to review your legal options by discussing the matter with an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer from our firm. With proper legal counsel, you have the opportunity to hold the dog owner responsible for the injuries you experienced.
Wherever the attack occurred, it is essential that you consult an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. At Wendt Goss, P.C., our experienced legal team will thoroughly investigate your incident to determine if you have a claim, and then negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure you receive the full monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will only receive a fee in the event of a successful resolution of your case.