Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Utah Dog Bite Lawyer and Animal Attack Lawyer
Utah Dog Bite Attorney and Animal Attack Lawyer Ken Christensen notes that “dogs in the United States today are viewed as loving and social companions.” Perhaps it is this image that has earned dogs the well-known label of “man’s best friend.” Aside from offering protection for owners and their homes across the country, it is not unusual to encounter canine companions in social settings and public areas where tolerance for their presence is at an all-time high. The popularity of “toy dogs,” which are smaller breeds that can easily be secured in carriers, has also resulted in the adjustment of the policies regarding dogs in many public places that were formally “canine unfriendly.”
Why You Need a Utah Dog Bite Attorney
Today, there are more than 60 million dogs in the United States. With so many dogs and humans thrown together in all of these situations, it is no wonder that attacks have become a common occurrence. As many as 5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and American Veterinary Medical Association (CDC/AVMA), every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. seeks medical attention for a dog bite-related injury. Children are especially prone to suffering from dog and animal bites. More than 50% of those that suffer dog attacks are children — and 1 out of 10 injured is a sleeping baby! The CDC/AVMA reports that dog bites are a greater health threat for children than whooping cough, mumps, and measles combined. Even more frightening for parents of young children is that almost two-thirds of injuries among children ages four and younger are to the head and neck region.
The Dog Owner is Responsible In Most Cases
In most cases, the owner of a dog is responsible for the injuries caused by their dog, regardless of any actual negligence. Your ability to recover from dog bite damages with the help of a Utah dog bite attorney depends upon your injuries as well as any medical care you receive for treatment of those injuries. Due to statutes of limitations, the time to bring a dog mauling injury claim is limited, which makes it imperative that you contact an experienced Utah dog bite attorney at Christensen & Hymas as soon as possible.
What you do immediately following a dog bite incident can strongly affect your ability to get compensation from those responsible at a later date. Once a dog bite victim is safe and is receiving proper medical attention, it is important to do the following:
- Determine the name and address of the dog’s owner;
- Determine the name and breed of the dog;
- Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the incident;
- Take photographs of the wound;
- Take photographs of the incident location;
- Have the doctor who treats you perform an in-depth evaluation of the wound; and
- Do not permit the dog to be destroyed until you have consulted with an attorney. There is evidence that can be gathered from the dog while it is alive that could help with your dog bite lawsuit.
The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook
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At Christensen & Hymas, you can retain a Utah dog bite attorney that has extensive experience in representing victims of dog bites and animal attacks. Being bitten by a dog is a serious medical and psychological issue. We work closely with plastic surgeons and other medical providers to ensure your injuries are fully documented. Our dog bite attorneys can help you in negotiations with insurance companies over compensation for present and future medical costs. If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury, contact the dog bite attorneys at Christensen & Hymas. Call us at (801) 506-0800 (main number), (801) 224-2999 (Utah County) or (801) 294-9500 (Davis County) to set up a FREE consultation.