4.5 million Americans are victims of dog bites each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One in five require medical attention, some of which lead to multiple reconstructive surgeries. Laws vary from state to state, but personal injury lawyers are available throughout the country to assist victims in regaining losses due to dog bites.
Despite much controversy over the viciousness of various dog breeds, any dog can bite at any time. Even gentle breeds with no history of biting can snap, causing serious bodily harm, and even death. However, many localities have seen fit to ban certain dog breeds, such as pitbulls and rottweilers. When a bite occurs while illegally owning a banned or restricted dog breed, dog-owners can suffer severe penalties. Thus, it is important to know the law when purchasing or adopting a dog.
Additionally, states generally adopt one of two laws regarding dog bites. Under one system, the dog owner is always held liable, whether the dog has a violent history or not. This may even apply if the victim provoked the dog in some way. Under the second system, the victim must prove in a court of law that the owner knew the dog had a violent history and failed to take the proper precautions. Again, knowing the law is key.
In order to recover loss for missed work, medical bills, and pain and suffering, victims must sue the dog owner in civil court. To assist in this process, there are many qualified personal injury attorneys who can work to win the most compensation for victims.