Rhode Island Dog And Animal Bite Lawyer

No matter how many restrictions are put on dogs and dog owners, there is always the chance something will go wrong. From a dog that gets free of its owners grasp, a forgotten leash or a formerly abused dog that turns violent, there are so many ways a dog bite/attack can occur. Other animals, not just dogs, that are prone to attacks can also cause severe injuries. Although more than 1,000 animal and dog attacks happen each day, they are severely under reported in the news and to the public. Victims of dog and animal attacks can consult with a dog and animal bite lawyer/attorney to determine appropriate action against the owners of these animals.

Most often, children are the victims of dog bites and animal attacks. Children are more curious and not fully aware of the dangers of unfamiliar dogs. They are also not as likely to be able to protect themselves from dogs or other dangerous animals. Many dog bites can lead to permanent injury, scarring and/or disfigurement. Treatment for injuries can lead to high medical bills, as the injuries may be severe enough to require ongoing medical attention and/or rehabilitation, such as nerve or tendon damage. If scarring is prevalent enough or disfigurement severe enough, it can lead to years of plastic or reconstructive surgery as well.

It is vital to take the necessary steps to not only having the dog bite treated, but also in preserving any evidence of the attack that can assist with building your case. Seeking medical attention promptly is the most important, as a wound may not look to be severe, but could actually be harboring an infection that can quickly worsen if not treated. A common infection is a particular strain of staph called MRSA, and is particularly dangerous because it does not respond to typical medications. Injuries that seem superficial may overlay possible fractures, involve lacerated tendons, vessels or nerves, extend into body cavities, and even infiltrate into the joints.

If you are ever the victim of an animal bite or attack, seek medical help immediately. If you sustain significant injuries that result in medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering, you should look into hiring a Rhode Island dog and animal bite lawyer or attorney in order to file a claim against the dog owner and receive compensation and damages.

A dog and animal bite lawyer or attorney will have the knowledge and experience necessary to argue your case and recover the maximum amount of damages you are entitled to. While each state has its own specific dog-bite laws, it is good to know that Rhode Island is a strict liability state, which means the owner is held liable and accountable or their pets' action. A victim can recover compensation from a person whose negligence caused the attack, who violated a leash law and allowed their dog to run around without a leash, or allowed the animal to be around others in public with the knowledge that the it had a history of violent behavior.

It is highly recommended that you find a lawyer or attorney that specializes in dog and animal bite lawsuits in Rhode Island, however personal injury lawyers can be helpful as well. To find an experienced dog and animal bite lawyer or attorney, visit the American Bar Association website. Use the ABA lawyer locator to research dog and animal bite lawyers and attorneys in Rhode Island.


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