4.7 million dog bite victims annually in U.S

Dallas personal injury attorney Amy K. Witherite reports approximately 4.7 million people suffer dog bites every year in the United States. Most dog bites are sustained by children and approximately 800,000 require medical care.

Skilled Texas personal injury litigator, Witherite, with the Dallas trial law firm of Eberstein & Witherite says when dog bites occur many people sustain serious injury including disfigurement. Some injured victims die as a result of complications associated with dog bites. Sadly, dog bites occur on a relatively frequent basis every year in America. According to Witherite, those who have suffered serious injury or harm as a result of a dog bite have legal rights. Dog owners, landlords, care centers, and former dog owners can all be held accountable for dog bite injuries.

Victims rights advocate attorney, Witherite, states domesticated dogs, of all breeds, are generally nonviolent in nature. Even though most dogs are not likely to bite unless provoked, dogs are by nature unpredictable. Dog bites are most likely to occur when dogs are:

-Acting to protect the owner or property
-Threatened and lacking alternatives
-Eating or sleeping
-Trying to establish dominance over the bite victim
-Mistreated or chained up

Child safety initiative attorney, Witherite, further explains that not all dog owners are cautious. If a dog owner violates animal restraint and confinement laws or knowingly keeps a dog with a history of aggression towards people, the owner can be held legally responsible for the resulting dog bites and injuries. Under certain circumstances, dog care facilities, dog handlers, or landlords can also be held accountable for dog bites. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or harm because of a dog bite, you may be eligible for compensation. Contacting a personal injury attorney to determine if you are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other possible losses may help you or an injured child.

News contributor:

Amy K. Witherite, a leading Dallas personal injury lawyer with the Texas law firm of Eberstein & Witherite
Phone: (888) 407-6669 www.dallastexaspersonalinjurylawyers.com

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