Dog bite victims in El Paso and New Mexico are at risk for suffering severe physical and mental damages caused by the relentless attack of a vicious dog. Dogs may be carrying infectious diseases such as rabies and tetanus, which can spread by breaking the skin of a child, teenager, or adult. Dog owners should be held liable for any injuries involved, especially if their dog has a previous history of biting others.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, you need legal defense right away. Brandon L. Lettunich, Attorney at Law, is highly knowledgeable in representing dog bite victims in New Mexico and El Paso.
Dog Bite Facts You Need to Know
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million American people experience a dog bite each year. Dog bites account for more than 90% of all recorded animal bites. Out of these bites, more than 27,000 victims require reconstruction surgery, often multiple times.
Unfortunately, the most serious injuries are experienced by children ages three to nine years old. Small children are usually at eye-level of a dog and more likely to have serious bites to the face, scalp, and neck. According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injuries.
Adults, on the other hand, tend to be bitten on their hands, ankles or legs. Injuries may include ripping and tearing of skin, muscle, bones, nerves, tendons, and blood vessels. Dogs of any breed are susceptible to unpredictable animal instincts. The worst part being that dog bites often happen without any provoking.
Most dogs are loving companions, but not all owners treat their dogs with care. 40 percent of Americans use dogs for protection purposes rather than pets. Negligence or maltreatment on an owner's part are the main causes of dog bites.
A Dog Bite Attorney Can Help
Brandon L. Lettunich, Attorney at Law can defend dog bite victims in New Mexico and El Paso.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, you need help from a lawyer specializing in dog bites. There is just too much at risk to try and fight for compensation on your own. Texas is a “one-bite-state” which makes fighting for your rights even harder. This means that it is harder to hold an owner liable for a dog that has attacked only once. You will need to prove that the dog has bitten others in the past as well. You can also try to prove that the dog has shown aggressive and vicious actions toward others. However, doing this on your own is no easy task.
To begin, you'll need to identify the owner of the dog so that they can be held responsible for you or your loved one's injuries. The legal issues surrounding dog bites can vary and require a skilled dog bite attorney to navigate any complexities for rightful compensation. Taking legal action against a negligent dog owner with a lawyer's representation can ensure that the dog will not continue harming others in the future.
With the help of Brandon L. Lettunich, Attorney at Law, you can do the following:
- Make a claim for medical expenses
- Seek compensation for pain and suffering
- Claim lost income from missing work days
Contact Us Today
Whether you need dog bite advice or legal representation, Brandon L. Lettunich, Attorney at Law is well acquainted with laws concerning dog bites in Texas and New Mexico. You don't need to try to fight for compensation on your own. If you or a loved one has been hurt, contact us today.