Can I Recover Damages for My Child’s Dog Bite Injury?
It is a sad fact that many dog bite victims are rather young children, as they are often at risk of suffering the devastating consequences of a dog bite or attack because they lack the experience and knowledge to know how to properly approach, touch, and leave the presence of a dog. Thus, when a neighbor’s dog gets out or an unknown dog approaches your child in your neighborhood, your child may not recognize the danger he or she is in. Following a dog bite or attack, your child may be left with:
- Disfiguring injuries to his or her head or face;
- Amputations or loss of fingers due to the dog’s bite; or
- Serious infections that may require prompt and aggressive medical treatment.
Helping your child recover from a dog bite attack can require a substantial sum of money and prolonged periods of being available for your child in the home. This can put you and your family in a severe financial bind. Let Zinda Law Group assist you in meeting these expenses by helping you seek monetary compensation for your child’s injuries.
How Can I Recover Compensation for My Child’s Dog Bite Injuries?
The law does not permit unemancipated minor children to file lawsuits or to recover monetary compensation for any losses or expenses they might suffer in a dog bite accident. Instead, one of the child’s parents or a legal guardian must file and prosecute the dog bite injury case on behalf of the child. Any monetary recovery resulting from the dog bite lawsuit will be awarded to the person who filed the lawsuit, with the expectation that such person will use the damages awarded to address the child’s injuries and expenses.
Am I Entitled to Compensation for My Child’s Injuries?
Every state permits those who are injured in dog bites or attacks to recover compensation for their injuries in certain circumstances, and that extends to the parents or guardians of children who have been injured by a dog bite or attack.
In some jurisdictions, you must be able to show that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that their dog had a tendency to attack humans or exhibit vicious behavior and that the owner failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent a bite or attack. In other states, however, a dog owner is held “strictly liable” for any injuries their dog causes to others, regardless of whether the owner knew or should have known of the dog’s aggressiveness. In those states, showing that a person’s dog injured your child–and, in some states, that your child did not provoke the dog to attack–is usually sufficient to obtain a compensation award in your and your child’s favor.
Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer to Help with My Case?
While the law does not require parents of a child injured by a dog bite or attack to retain counsel before seeking compensation, doing so can give you several advantages. A skilled attorney will know the law and legal steps necessary to pursue your claim and often advance your case without your direct involvement in every step. This leaves you free to focus on your child and their recovery.
Zinda Law Group has the experience and resources necessary to help you and your family recover compensation from a devastating dog bite or attack injury to your child. Call us today at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation about your case.