No matter your personal view on them (and allergies aside), dogs make fantastic pets. They’re generally loyal and affectionate. This is probably why nearly 75 million people have at least one dog as part of their family in the U.S. alone. However, it’s important to know that while dogs are domesticated, they still have animal instincts and tendencies that need to be monitored. Unfortunately, many owners, breeders, and handlers don’t take the necessary time to properly supervise and care for their pets. As a result, close to five million people are bitten and attacked by dogs every year, causing over 800,000 serious injuries.
Due to the risk of injury, as well as the staggering number of canine attacks, numerous laws have been enacted to hold those responsible for a dog attacking an innocent person (or other animal) accountable for damages and injury treatment. Unfortunately, these laws can be difficult to enforce unless you have an experienced dog attack law firm like Gibbons Legal on your side.
Instinct, Pain, and Options—Explaining Your Attack
Although mainstream opinion will tell you that the only dogs you should be worried about are the “naturally aggressive” breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers, the truth is that almost any dog can attack for unexpectedly. Although some dog breeds are inherently more aggressive than others, most attacks are triggered by outside forces such as:
- Feelings of territorial invasion
- The need to protect its owner or property
- Fatigue, most common when a dog’s space is invaded or it is touched when tired
A special note about abuse: Although abuse of animals is illegal, it happens more often than you may realize. Dogs who have been forced to participate in dog fights become extremely aggressive and frightened, and may have a hair-trigger reflex to attack other dogs and people. In addition, some owners treat their dogs inhumanely: starving them, chaining them up for hours on end, and even beating them. Not only does this cause them to fear humans and retaliate against them, but it also causes them to fight as an instinct to survive.
When Canine Aggression Goes for Your Throat
When a dog is aggressive—either by “instinct,” training, or treatment—owners must not look away. In fact, owners must be held more responsible than their dogs, as they should have the good judgment to recognize signs of aggression and keep others away. After an animal attacks, other parties may also be liable, depending on where the incident took place. This is why securing an experienced dog bite attorney is essential, as we can help you seek damages from:
- The State
- Municipal or county government
Unfortunately, no matter what causes a dog to attack or who’s to blame, injuries will most likely be severe. This is why we make it a point to serve your needs, as well as make you feel as confident as possible when pursuing your claim. We handle cases involving all types of dog attack injuries, no matter the cause. We believe that your injuries need and deserve proper care, so we fight to make sure you get the treatment and compensation you need for:
Man’s Second Best Friend: Attorney Tom Gibbons
When you or your child become victims of a vicious dog attack, an apology from an owner isn’t enough to put things right. Severe injuries could leave permanent damage as well as a lifetime of psychological trauma. Don’t allow an irresponsible or malicious owner get away with hurting your family; call us today at (215) 569-1455 for a free consultation and review of your case.
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When you or your family is hurt, you need a friend to watch your back, and make sure you get the treatment, justice, and compensation you deserve. Contact us today and see how we can help you!