Dog Bites

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Attacks and Injuries

The dog bite statute, according to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, states that the dog owner is liable for any injury caused by their dog. Even when the owner is not at fault, it remains the owner’s responsibility for any liability. Dog bites are considered a public health hazard that occurs frequently. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the following statistics:

  • Estimated 4.5 million individuals are bitten by dogs every year
  • Estimated 900,000 individuals require medical attention following a dog bite
  • Estimated 30,000 individuals require reconstructive surgery following a dog bite

People that tend to be more at risk of succumbing to a dog attack are the following:

  • Neighbors
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 9
  • Habitual visitors, such as postal workers or repairmen
  • Family members

Few scenarios are more frightening or harmful than a dog attack. Victims of dog attacks can sustain serious physical and emotional injuries. When a dog attack is caused by an owner or caretaker’s negligence, you should fight for the damages you deserve!

Dog Bite Injuries and Damages

A dog attack can lead to injuries including:

  • Bruises
  • Minor cuts
  • Rabies
  • Fractures
  • Loss limbs
  • Temporary or permanent paralysis
  • Scarring
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

It’s important to file a claim whenever you or a loved one is bitten by a dog. Bite injuries can result in significant complications, including infection, scarring, and panic attacks. Other emotional issues involving trust are common, particularly in older adults or young children. Scarring and other physical and emotional issues can be complicated by growth and other factors.

The owner of a dog must ensure it is safely contained at all times. If a dog is aggressive or dangerous, the owner is required to keep it away from the public. In fact, Rhode Island laws state that it is a public nuisance to harbor a vicious dog. If the owner of a vicious dog is a homeowner, dog bite claims could be paid by a homeowner’s insurance policy.

Call 888-777-PAIN (888-737-6464) or contact me online to arrange a free consultation. I handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing upfront and will owe no attorney fees unless I am successful in getting compensation for you.

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