Serving Abingdon, Bristol, Southwestern Virginia, and Northern Tennessee

Dog bite injuries can result in significant scarring and damage that can last a lifetime. When vicious dogs bite, often they will attack the face or neck of innocent victims.

Statistics show that dog bite victims are more likely to attack the elderly, infants, toddlers, or young children, who are less likely than able-bodied adults to be able to protect themselves.

For those who are young, facial scarring can be devastating. It can change the social interaction between the victim and others, and can have a long-lasting psychological impact. Those injured in this particularly hideous fashion need, and deserve, full compensation, not only for the pain and suffering endured at the time of the injury, but also for the pain that may last a lifetime.

Dog Bites Are Often Foreseeable

One troubling aspect of dog bites is that often they are entirely foreseeable.  It is usually the case that dangerous dogs in the neighborhood can be seen barking viciously at neighbors behind fences or closed doors, straining to get free. In these cases, most people familiar with such dogs know full well that if the dog is able to get free, the dog will likely attack the closest person, and that the attack will continue until the dog is physically restrained by the victim or someone else.

Dog attacks, course, are not the dog’s fault. Usually, the owners permit the dogs to continue vicious displays of aggression, and may in fact even encourage displays of aggression. These owners deserve to be held fully accountable when their dogs attack.

A Few Breeds of Dogs are Responsible for Virtually all Deaths

While it is possible that any type of dog may prove vicious, the fact is that according to a leading source on dog bites,[1] there were 31 dog bite deaths in the United States during 2016.  While pit bulls make up only 6% of the dog population, they accounted for 71% (or 22) of these deaths.[2]  In the past 10 years, pit bulls killed 254 people in the U.S., and rottweilers killed 43 people.[3]

While not all dogs in these breeds will be vicious, owners of these particular breeds may need to take additional care in making sure that their dog does not injure someone else.

Dog Bite Cases Are Accepted on a Contingency Fee Basis

Please call to schedule a free consultation to learn about your options if you or a loved one has been bitten by someone else’s dog. There is no fee unless you recover compensation.

[1] www.dogbite.org

[2] http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2016.php

[3] http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2016.php

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