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There Are 4 Million Dog Bites In The U.S. Each Year

More than 4 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 900,000 of these become infected and require medical intervention. Victims face an array of costs and concerns. There will be medical bills and insurance premiums to pay. There may be costs associated with hospital stays and ongoing care. Those unable to return to work will suffer a setback in the form of lost wages. Children, who constitute an inordinate number of dog bite victims, may require prolonged periods of therapy in order to move past the trauma of an attack.

Such situations can quickly become emotionally and financially overwhelming. Our attorneys at Kyle Law Firm in New Braunfels can assist. We are adept at holding irresponsible dog owners and handlers accountable and procuring compensation for our clients so that you can cover their medical bills and related expenses. As Texas board-certified attorneys in our practice areas, you can trust our expertise in personal injury law to help you file a successful claim.

Why Do Dogs Bite?

In some situations, victims may have needlessly provoked a dog or another animal into attacking. In most cases, however, bites could have been prevented by more responsible stewardship. Animal attacks occur for any number of reasons.

The most common causes of a dog bite or animal attack include:

  • Reactions to stressful or unfamiliar situations
  • Believing they are engaged in innocent play
  • Feeling threatened or scared
  • Feeling ill or startled
  • Protecting themselves or their owners

Bites can lead to injuries that range in severity, including broken bones, puncture wounds, eye injuries and lasting scars. In severe cases, you may lose a limb or require extensive medical treatments for infections and lasting pain. Attacks are not limited to any particular breed. Chihuahuas and bulldogs – often viewed among the friendliest breeds – are, in fact, the most likely to bite. And no breed is exempt. It is best to be cautious at all times with unfamiliar dogs.

The Help You Need After An Animal Attack

More than one in 20 Americans suffer dog bites each year. If you’re one of them, reach out to us for help. You can call us at 830-620-9402 or contact us online. Initial consultations are free, enabling our lawyers to answer your questions and address your concerns before you’re obliged to pay. Based in New Braunfels, we serve communities throughout Texas in all matters of personal injury.