Nearly 40 percent of U.S. households are home to at least one dog, with 60 percent of those households having more than one dog. This adds up to approximately 90 million dogs in the U.S. Unfortunately, while these canines can make excellent companions, dog bites happen roughly 4.5 million times annually across the country. More than a half-million of these bites are serious enough to require medical care.
Though many dog bites are minor, far too many are extremely serious, with some incidents resulting in death. From 2005 through 2019, 521 people in the U.S. were killed by dogs. While those deaths are not common (an average of 32 per year) far too many dog bite incidents result in serious injuries. These may include serious wounds requiring reconstructive or scar revision surgeries, loss of fingers or toes, and/or permanent loss of or limitation of physical abilities. Other victims are left with ongoing psychological issues from the trauma associated with the dog bite. Even less serious dog bites can result in lost wages, enormous medical bills and ongoing trauma to the victim.
Though homeowner’s insurance policies may provide some compensation for these costs, many dog owners do not have applicable insurance coverage, placing an unfair burden on the victim.
The personal injury attorneys of Pressler, Senftle & Wilhite have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered injuries from dog bites. We understand the legal responsibilities of dog owners, and balance our work with the social and emotional aspects associated with dog bite incidents, as in many cases, the dog involved is owned by a friend, relative or neighbor. With these factors in mind, we take the time to completely understand each dog bite incident and ensure provide our clients with an in-depth understanding of their legal rights as well as the strengths and weaknesses of their legal position.
Our attorneys have more nearly three decades of experience representing dog bite victims. We know the law and the courts and have successfully represented hundreds of clients in dog bite cases. We are committed to providing you with clear, to the point, and accurate information based on the specifics of your case, and we’ll make sound recommendations as to your legal options.
If you or a loved one have been bitten and injured by a dog, contact us today and get the legal counsel you need.