A 2020 pet ownership statistics by AVMA revealed that about 43.4% of Texas households own a dog. While most dogs have a calm temperament, they can attack a family member, neighbor, friend, or passerby when irritated. Dog bites can be painful and terrifying, leaving victims with minor or severe injuries or even death.
Dog owners may be held responsible for the injuries a dog inflicts on others, they are a large financial burden in the United States due to their incidence, associated health-care costs, and potential for serious outcomes such as severe injury, infection, or even death. Texas has strict laws that place the liability on the dog keeper or owner, who is required to pay for the pain and suffering, hospital bills, lost wages, and more. The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.
According to a study from the Center For Disease Control (CDC)1, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population is approximately 328.2 million people as of 2019. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 73 people. In 2014, $530 million dollars was paid by insurance to dog bite-related claims.
If you are a dog bite victim, you will need an experienced lawyer from Thompson Law to claim your deserved damages. We are a family-run firm pursuing justice for our clients in Texas. Feel free to reach out to us today for a free and confidential case review.
Dogs have very sharp teeth that can penetrate your flesh, bone, and muscle, causing severe injuries. Some of the common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Head and neck injuries
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Eye injuries
- Lacerations of the face, hands, arms & legs
- Broken bones
- Permanent disability
- Infected wounds
- Nerve damage
If a dog bite penetrates a victim’s skin, germs can quickly get into the wound depending on the bacteria or germs in a dog’s canines. Even the slightest attack may lead to long term effects, as discussed below:
Disfigurement and Scarring
In most cases, a dog bite inflicts permanent scars or disfigurements. Even worse, it may cause severe injuries that affect your inner body parts beneath the skin. Children tend to be most affected, as dogs typically attack them in highly visible areas like the face. Victims may require skin grafting, surgeries, or stitches to reduce the extent of disfigurement. Sadly, some of the injuries might be a permanent reminder of the attack.
Dog bite victims also regularly suffer from psychological effects that may last for a considerable time. Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common. Additionally, you may have other symptoms such as depression, fear, stress, trouble sleeping, severe anxiety, and flashbacks.
Other victims can develop a phobia for dogs, especially young children. It may lead to emotional distress, outbursts, nightmares, regressions, anxiety, and mood swings in the long term.
Whenever you have a dog bite, it is essential to see a doctor immediately. The longer you wait, the higher the chances of wound infections. Over time you may experience some of these symptoms:
- Swelling around the wound
- Pus from the wound
- Pain for long hours
At Thompson Law, we have handled various cases, and we do not receive a dime until we win the case. Notably, we won 13 out of the top 100 settlements in Texas in 2019. We are available 24/7 to help you out; thus, feel free to call us.