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(813) 254-7119 Dog Bite Injuries to Children

Dog Bite Injuries Lawsuit Claims Lawyer

Children love animals and are drawn to the furry coats and energy of dogs. In the right setting, dogs and children can have a wonderful relationship and have happy, healthy interactions. Unfortunately, children do not differentiate a strange dog from the ones they know and love. Children are the largest group of victims from dog bites, often sustaining physical and emotional scars.

Young children are at the highest risk for severe and fatal dog bite injuries. Not only are they less cautious around dogs, they are closer to the danger zone. A child may be the same size or smaller than a large dog. If attacked, there is a high probability of facial, head and neck injuries that can cause extensive damage. Dog attacks can cause serious injuries, including:

  • Deep lacerations
  • Torn muscles and tendons
  • Broken bones
  • Disfiguring scarring, especially on the face and neck
  • Emotional trauma
  • Death

It can only take a moment for a dog attack to occur, leaving a child severely injured. Depending on the extent of the injuries, the victim may require hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy and long-term treatments to care for the physical damage. In addition, the child may experience emotional effects, such as PTSD, anxiety and stress.

Legal Options for Dog Bites

Dog owners may be responsible for any injuries their dogs inflict on a child or person. Premises liability laws cover any injuries that occur on the dog owner’s property, including dog bites. In addition, a dog owner may be financially responsible if their dog bites a child when it is not on their property. Often, dog bite injuries are covered under homeowner’s insurance, helping cover the damages for property owners.

If your child suffers a dog bite, you may be facing extensive medical costs and other damages to your child’s well-being. Even if the dog owner is a friend or family member, you need to consider your options for liability. You may be able to make a claim through the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance but need someone to fight for your right to compensation. Contact our team at Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law to discuss your options to ensure your child gets the care they need.

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