70% of American households own at least one pet, and more than 50% of American households owns a dog. The sheer number of dogs in America, combined with the fact that many people consider them to be members of their family, means that dogs are widely accepted in society, including many public places.
When dogs bite, it can be shocking for victims and owners. And even though dog bites can be extremely painful, disabling, and even life-threatening, many bite victims are reluctant to pursue compensation. Dog bite victims often fear that something bad will happen to the dogs that bit them, or they believe that they must have done something wrong to cause the bite to occur.
But neglecting to file an injury claim after a dog bite is a big mistake. It’s not uncommon for dog bite victims to need medical treatment, including hospitalization and even surgery. That’s because dogs have long, sharp teeth, and their bites can cause severe bleeding, nerve damage, and infection. The medical bills for a single dog bite can overwhelm many health insurance plans and deplete savings.
Dog bites can also cause victims to become disabled. Persistent pain, numbness, and nerve damage can make it difficult for them to do their jobs. And when they aren’t working, they aren’t earning the paychecks they and their loved ones depend on.
If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, you need to speak to an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer. Note that most dog bite claims are paid through insurance, not the dog owners’ pockets. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.