Carmel Dog Bite Lawyer
Whether you are the victim of a vicious dog attack, or suffered a laceration from an overly playful or rambunctious dog, the dog’s owner or other responsible party is responsible for covering your hospital bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Around 1,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments for dog bite wounds every day, according to Dogsbite.org. Many of these smaller wounds only require stitches and antibiotics, but even a trip to the ER can cost thousands of dollars. If the injury was to the hand, as is often the case, the victim may be incapable of working for a period of days or weeks, which adds to their financial troubles. And, this is a best case scenario for a dog bite. Much worse injuries can result in disability, permanent scarring and disfigurement, PTSD, and extreme pain and suffering. 14,000 people are hospitalized for life-threatening dog bite injuries annually. Here at Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our Carmel dog bite lawyers can help you recover the compensation that you are owed by the dog’s owner, and help you get back on track with your life.
Common Dog Bite and Dog Attack Injuries
- Lacerations to the hands and lower arms;
- Lacerations to the face;
- Eye injuries resulting in blindness in one or both eyes;
- Lacerations to the throat;
- Lacerations and permanent damage to the groin;
- Lacerations to the buttocks or leg;
- Fall injuries resulting in broken bones or traumatic brain injury;
- Torn tendons; and
What Can I Sue For?
The cost of medical care is rising dramatically. The average hospital stay is over $15,000, according to debt.org. However, medical expenses are just part of a dog bite victim’s damages. You may be able to collect damages for all of the following:
- Medical expenses and future medical needs;
- Lost wages and earning ability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress, including PTSD;
- Property damage; and
What If the Dog Owner is a Friend or Family Member?
In many cases, dog bite victims know the dog’s owner fairly well. If you were over at a friend’s or family member’s home and were bitten by their dog, for example, you may have doubts about filing a personal injury claim against them. After all, the owner is someone you have a close relationship with. However, dog bite wounds are expensive, and you should not be left with large medical bills and lost wages simply because you were attacked or bitten by their dog and you feel bad about seeking compensation. Dog bites and dog attacks are covered under the homeowner’s insurance policy, so it is very unlikely that your friend or family member would be paying out of pocket for your damages.
Contact a Carmel Dog Bite Lawyer Today For Assistance
If you or a loved one are the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries and other damages. Call the Carmel dog bite attorneys at Keffer Hirschauer LLP at 317-455-4043 today to schedule a free consultation.