While most dogs are friendly and are able to be petted most of the time, situations do arise where a dog feels threatened unnecessarily and bites the person who is nearest to them. In many cases, this may be a child or the child’s parent who stopped to pet a dog in a local park or at a neighbor’s home. When dog bites occur, the results can be very bad for the victim. In many cases, dog bites result in injuries to muscles and ligaments, and may also lead to scarring and disfigurement depending on the severity of the attack. If you or your child were bitten by a dog, here are some damages for which you can receive compensation.
Dog Bite Medical Bills
Along with the medical bills you may have already incurred for treatment at an emergency room, physical therapy, and other medical services, you can also seek compensation for future medical expenses. This will be important, especially if the injuries you or your child sustained require plastic surgery to prevent scarring or disfigurement.
Lost Wages from a Dog Bite
If the injuries you sustained while protecting your child from a vicious dog led you to miss significant time from work, you can sue for lost wages that have resulted in a financial hardship for you and your family. In addition, you may be able to sue for future earnings as well, especially if your injuries were so debilitating that you may not be able to return to your job.
Emotional Trauma from being bitten by a Dog
When you or your child have been bitten by a dog in Chandler, the emotional trauma that follows can be much more difficult than you may imagine. In the case of children who are bit, nightmares and a lifelong fear of dogs and other animals may result. In the case of adults, PTSD is a common occurrence after such a traumatic event. As a result, long-term counseling and therapy are often needed, and are sometimes not covered by insurance companies.
If you find yourself involved in this unfortunate situation, do not hesitate to immediately consult with experienced legal professionals at Tobler Law.