A dog attack that happened in nearby South Park recently really highlights the importance of securing your pets. It also shows how unpredictable dog attacks can be.
In mid-February, a woman says she had just bought her dog a new harness and no-slip collar. Unfortunately, her dog somehow managed to get out of her fenced in yard. The woman says she tried to find the dog but went the wrong direction. By the time she found him, he had already caused serious damage.
A grandmother was with her grandchildren and her Yorkshire terrier when the dog that escaped attacked. The grandmother was injured and the terrier was killed.
At the SMA Law Group, we know that you do not typically spend time thinking about dog attacks, but they happen at a higher rate than you might think. If you need a Pittsburgh dog attack attorney, you can count on us to secure the compensation you deserve.
Are These Incidents Common?
When you think of dogs, you probably think of your household pet. On any given day, you will find many people out around the city and suburbs walking their dogs without incident. However, there are around 4.7 million dog bites each year in the United States.
Most of those recorded bites are minor, but some cause serious injuries. Dogs have strong jaws that can inflict severe damage. If they are scared or aggressive, they can be unpredictable. Children and the elderly are at a higher risk of major injury in a dog attack. Often, victims of dog bites must undergo surgery to restore appearance or functionality to an area of their body after a dog attack.
- Some dog attacks can even be fatal.
How do these attacks happen?
Many times, as was the case above, a dog’s owner fails to keep their pet secure. We can safely guess that the owner in the story above did not intend for her dog to get off of her property, but that does not mean she is absolved of wrongdoing. Dog owners have a responsibility to the public to keep their pets secure. This includes keeping them on a leash according to local laws.
If an owner has a dog that is known to be aggressive and still allows it to mingle with other people and pets, they should be held responsible for any injuries that occur.
What Options Do You Have
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a dog bite or dog attack, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. There is no reason you should be on the line for this incident financially if someone else’s negligence is to blame. At the SMA Law Group, we will work to investigate your case and pursue the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of medical bills
- Pain and suffering damages
- Recovery of lost income if you cannot work
- Punitive damages