Negligent Dog Owners Must Be Held Accountable
Did you or a loved one suffer a dog bite injury?
Typically, owners of dogs and other pets have a duty to control their pets to prevent them from roaming free in a neighborhood and possibly attacking a neighbor, child, or guests. When the dog owner fails to protect the public from the harm caused by an animal bite, they must be held accountable—whether the animal is a doberman, a pit bull, or a teacup poodle. In those cases where an animal owner knows a pet is dangerous, the installation of an inadequate fence, or the fact that an animal was tied to an infirm post, is a weak defense.
A dog attack may leave a victim with serious, life-changing consequences, both physical and emotional. Even when an attack is not so horrific that a victim is mauled to death, a victim may suffer from permanent disfigurement, low self-esteem, severe psychological trauma, and an inability to enjoy life. There can be other complications as well, including potentially deadly secondary infections caused by dog saliva. Often those who are bitten develop an extreme fear of animals.
Animal attacks can carry both physical and emotional damage. Victims can be left with severe scarring and an extreme fear of all animals that lunge or bare their teeth. Put simply, dog bite injuries are serious, and the victims deserve compensation for their suffering.
What Should You Do After an Animal Attack?
Whether it’s an injury to your child or to yourself, getting appropriate medical care is always the number one priority. Do this as soon as possible. Also, if there is time and you’re able to do it or have someone do it for you, get the name and contact information of the dog’s owner and any potential witnesses before you leave. When you see a doctor, don’t minimize or leave out any information about your injuries. If possible, take a set of before-and-after pictures of the injuries or scars. You should not make any statements about the accident to anyone other than law enforcement—not even to your doctor. Wait until you talk to a lawyer.
Let Us Take Care of Your Animal Bite Claim
When healing from serious animal attack injuries, it can be hard to think about the specifics of filing a personal injury claim. At The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, in Little Rock, Arkansas, we understand how damaging, both physically and emotionally, an animal attack may be. Whether our clients simply needed stitches or massive reconstructive surgery to repair damage from an animal attack, we are here to guide them through the process of a personal injury claim. We pursue each case with a strong commitment to obtaining the maximum compensation available to our clients by investigating claims thoroughly, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing medical records. We work with the pet owner’s insurance company to collect proper and just compensation for medical treatment, surgeries, lost wages if applicable, and emotional suffering resulting from an animal attack. If settlement negotiations do not yield a favorable result, we will go to court to obtain the damages you are entitled to for your dog bite injury or injuries from some other animal attack.
Contact an Arkansas Animal Attack Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury due to pet owner negligence, contact the experienced Little Rock, Arkansas, personal injury lawyers at The Brad Hendricks Law Firm. Call (501) 221-0444, or toll free (800) 603-5100 for a free initial consultation.
We accept dog bite and animal attack cases on a contingency basis. If we are unable to recover compensation for you, you do not owe us a fee.