A lawyer can discuss examples of criminal negligence, which could lead to the dog's owner facing jail time or fines, and civil negligence, which could lead to recovering damages for your child's injuries.
U.S. Statistics on Children and Dog Bites
According to the American Humane Society, about 4.7 million dog bites occur annually.
- children younger than age 12 account for 50% of dog attacks;
- more than 80% of dog attacks that require emergency room treatment happen to children younger than 15;
- 70% of fatalities stemming from dog bites happen to children younger than 10;
- bite rates are much higher among children from 5 to 9 years old;
- unsupervised newborns are 370 times more susceptible than an adult to be killed by a dog;
- bites occurred on children's head and neck areas in 65% of cases; and
- boys 15 and younger are bitten more than girls.
Child injuries that could occur from a dog attack include abrasions, lacerations, puncture wounds, crush injuries, disfiguring scars, and infections such as rabies and cellulitis. It would be beneficial to contact a Texas animal attack lawyer if your child is a victim. An experienced lawyer can help you estimate future medical expenses and seek a fair settlement for your child that addresses emotional harm as well as physical harm.
If your lawyer can point out any examples of criminal negligence in your case, this will boost your civil claim. To help your lawyer build a strong case, you should seek immediate medical treatment for your child and follow all of your doctor's orders.
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