Pittsburgh Attorneys on Common Dog Bite Injuries
Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers Represent Dog Bite Victims Throughout Allegheny County
Millions of Americans suffer from dog bite injuries every single year. At the core, even the most friendly of dogs is still an animal with animal instincts and may act violently for any number of reasons that a human might not always understand. All breeds of dogs can bite or attack to protect their homes, family members or for no apparent reason at all, and most dog bites are not provoked in any way—importantly, all dog owners have responsibilities, regardless of whether they own a breed of dog commonly considered to be dangerous. Unfortunately, many dog bite victims are children, who tend to suffer injuries that may be more severe and lasting than if the victim was fully grown.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we are dedicated to helping dog bite injury victims understand their legal right to pursue a claim for compensation for their dog bite injuries. For over 50 years, our experienced dog bite injury lawyers have been serving clients in Pittsburgh, Erie and throughout Allegheny County, and are committed to making sure our clients get the compensation they need to recover physically and emotionally after suffering from a dog bite injury. We offer a free initial consultation to all potential clients, so contact our lawyers at via phone or online contact form to discuss your options today.
Dog Bites Can Cause Surprisingly Severe Injuries
Even after suffering from a dog bite, many victims may brush off the incident as something minor, and may even fail to quickly seek out medical treatment. Failing to quickly get medical treatment for a dog bite injury can be a mistake in many cases, however, as dog bites can lead to more serious injuries that someone without medical training may be unable to anticipate.
Common dog bite injuries may include:
- Nerve damage,
- Broken bones, especially if the attack was severe enough that the victim was knocked to the ground,
- Severe scarring,
- Puncture wounds and lacerations, which can lead to infection if not properly treated,
- Injuries to the head and neck,
- Facial injuries, some of which may require cosmetic surgery to remedy,
- Injuries to the eyes,
- Lost fingers or hands,
- Emotional or psychological damage, especially if the victim was a child,
- Rabies or other diseases if the dog was not properly vaccinated.
Regardless of the severity of the dog bite injury, the fact is that as the victim, you should not be required to shoulder the financial burden of the injury. If the victim was a child, the dog bite injury can be much more severe. In many cases, the child may have to live with the physical scars for years, as cosmetic or reconstructive surgeries may, in some cases, have to wait until the child matures physically.
Dog Bite Injuries at Goodrich & Geist, P.C.: Helping Pittsburgh-Area Clients Move on With Their Lives for Over 50 Years
There is no getting around the fact that suffering from a dog bite injury can be traumatic even for the most avid of animal lovers. For many victims, it can be uncomfortable to even consider pursuing a claim for compensation against a neighbor, friend or loved one who owned the dog. Despite this, you should not have to suffer the financial consequences when a dog owner fails to adequately control his or her dog. The financial consequences of a dog bite injury is covered by homeowners’ insurance, meaning that your friend or loved one will not actually be required to pay for your medical expenses.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our dog bite injury lawyers will negotiate on your behalf to recover compensation for:
- Unreimbursed medical expenses,
- Reconstructive or cosmetic surgeries,
- Physical therapy,
- Psychological or emotional counseling,
- Ongoing medical costs, including skin grafts and follow-up visits,
- Vet bills, if the dog attacked your pet.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With Our Experienced Erie, PA Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Today
After you have been bitten by a dog or other animal, our first and most important piece of advice is that you seek out medical treatment as soon as possible, so that more severe injuries can be ruled out or treated. For all other questions related to your dog bite injuries, our lawyers provide a free initial consultation so that we can help evaluate your case and explain your options for recovering compensation for those injuries. Call our offices or fill out this online form, to set up a free consultation with our experienced team of dog bite injury lawyers today. Our office is conveniently located at 3634 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
FAQ: Are there any groups of individuals who are more prone to sustaining serious injuries from a dog bite than others?
Yes. While any dog bite can result in an unexpectedly severe injury, some groups are more prone to severe infection, including individuals who suffer from diabetes or HIV, those who do not have a spleen or have issues with their liver. People who are older the age of 50 are also at greater risk, as are those who have had an organ transplant or been through certain types of surgeries. Even if you are in a high-risk group and have been bitten by a dog, you can still recover financial compensation for your injuries.
FAQ: If my friend’s homeowner’s insurance policy will pay for my dog bite injuries, why do I need a lawyer?
Insurance adjusters have motivation to minimize the cost that the insurance company is required to pay for your injuries, often resulting in situations where you accept a settlement award and later discover that you have additional medical or rehabilitative expenses that the settlement is insufficient to cover. Once you have accepted the insurance company’s settlement award, you cannot go back and ask for more money. An experienced dog bite lawyer will investigate to obtain evidence in your case and retain the experts necessary to establish the true cost of your dog bite injuries. We will also negotiate on your behalf with the insurance adjusters, who are often aggressive and may not tell you the whole truth about their offer.