Dogs are America’s favorite animal, with more households owning dogs than any other pet. And the number is rising. There are now some 80 million dogs in American homes.
While these furry creatures are often cute, they can also be surprisingly vicious. Strong jaws and sharp teeth mean that dog bites are no laughing matter. Dog attacks can lead to disfigurement, infection, and even death. What’s worse is that dogs are more likely to attack children because of their small size and their inexperience in being around dogs. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the most likely to be bitten.
With nearly 80 million dogs in the US, there are about 4.5 million reported dog bites each year. While only a small fraction of those bites result in fatalities, many result in emergency room visits and other significant medical care. The average cost of insurance claims on dog bites in 2014 was $32,072. And this number is only rising.
Because of the increase in dog attacks in recent years, many regions have enacted specific laws to protect citizens from dangerous dogs and to hold owners responsible for their animals’ actions.
What to do when a dog bites you
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, call Mark Elliot Korn immediately after seeking medical care.
Dogs are not liable for what they do, but their owners are. Unfortunately, there are many negligent dog owners who have failed to properly train, observe, and restrain their dogs. In all of these instances, dog owners are responsible for paying for damages related to dog attacks.
You probably have many questions about what to do if a dog bites you. Before you make any statement, be sure to call Mark Elliot Korn to discuss what happened and to judge what kind of restitution you may be entitled to.
Dog attacks can be very serious matters that result in prolonged medical care, including skin grafts, scar surgery, and infection treatment. These treatments not only contribute to high medical costs, but also prevent you from going to work and cause you to suffer from pain and trauma. With an experienced dog attack lawyer you can pursue remedies for lost wages and medical costs as well as for pain and suffering associated with the traumatic event.
An Experienced, Knowledgeable Dog Attack Lawyer
Mark Elliot Korn has an encyclopedic knowledge of the specific laws that govern dog attacks in the Maryland area. After discussing your case with him, Mr. Korn vehemently pursues your interests in court and brings you the full extent of what you are owed. He doesn’t stop until the courts have set things straight.