More than half of all dog bite victims are children. This is an incredibly
high number considering about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each
year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and Michigan was ranked
as the sixth highest nationally for dog bite claims.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, our
Michigan dog bite attorneys are actively accepting cases on behalf of parents and guardians whose
children have suffered serious injuries after being attacked and bitten
by a dog. Our lawyers have over 30 years of experience helping families
file claims on behalf of their children and have a complete understanding of the
Michigan laws that govern attacks. If you believe you have a claim, call our office today at
What To Do If Your Child Was Attacked By A Dog
First and foremost, if your child was bitten by a dog, obtain medical attention
immediately. However, not only should you obtain medical attention for
your child’s physical injuries, but ensure that your child is assessed
for emotional stress and obtains a referral for counseling if required.
You will also want to report the attack to your:
- Local health department to determine if the dog was vaccinated or not.
Never take the dog owner’s word for it.
- Local Animal Services or Animal Control Officer so that a record may be
established of the dog attack. This is highly important because the local
animal services or control officer should be able to determine if this
was a first time attack for the dog. Therefore, if the dog attacks again
further action may be taken and if it was not a first time attack, action
can be taken immediately.
- Local Police Department so there is record of the incident should you decide
to pursue a claim on your child’s behalf.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, our Michigan dog bite lawyers also recommend
not discussing your child’s injuries or medical treatment with the
dog owner. The only thing that you should exchange with the dog owner
is contact information and dog license number.
In addition, our attorneys also recommend that you document the incident
AND treatment with photos. Photos are the best way to demonstrate to the
insurance adjuster or jury how seriously your child’s injuries are
and what kind of treatment they had to undergo. For example, photos taken
immediately after the dog bite injury but photos also taken after treatment
has been provided and/or after any plastic surgery.
Common Dog Bite Injuries To Children
Serious injuries can result to children attacked by a canine. Among children,
the rate of
dog bite injuries is highest from those ages 5 to 9 years. In addition, a child bitten by
a dog is more likely than an adult to receive medical treatment for their
injuries. Some of the most serious injuries include:
- Nerve Damage
- Psychological Damages
In addition, the most common area for an animal to bite a child is in the
facial region. When this happens, the child may require plastic surgery
or other forms of treatment.
No matter what injuries resulted from the attack parents should call an
experienced attorney to discuss their case. Compensation may be available
not only for your child’s pain and suffering but also payment for
the treatment or medical attention required to help heal your child’s injuries.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers For Help
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, our
Michigan dog bite lawyers have significant experience representing children who have suffered serious
injuries from an attack. If your child has recently become a victim, call
our office today to get your questions answered and discover what rights
you and your family may be entitled to. There is no obligation to call
and get your questions answered – we offer afree, no obligation consultation and we are happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as walk
you through the process of filing a claim.
We understand this is a very traumatic time for you and your child and
you may not know what to do. Our lawyers are here to help. Call today at
(248) 793-2010. Best of all, should you decide to pursue a claim we represent our clients on a
trusted no-fee promise, meaning there are no fees or costs whatsoever until we settle or win
your claim. Call now and let us help you and your child get the justice
and compensation you deserve.