Your Trusted Monticello Dog Bite Attorneys
Dogs are an important part of many people’s families. However, dogs are also still animals that can attack or bite someone causing serious injuries. These attacks can happen even when the dog is unprovoked.
It has been reported that more than four million people are injured by dogs annually in the United States. If you are injured due to a dog bite or attack in Monticello, our legal team is here to help. At Nelson Personal Injury, LLC, we can help you recover a fair amount of compensation for your dog bite or dog attack injuries.
Minnesota Dog-Related Injuries and Fatalities
Minnesota is what is called a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bites and attacks. In other words, as long as the victim is not provoking the dog, is acting peaceably, and in a place where they are legally allowed to be, the dog owner is automatically liable to any and all damages their dog causes as a result of a bite or attack. Under Minnesota’s strict liability scheme, a victim does not need to show that the dog owner was negligent in some respect for causing the attack or bite.
In the state of Minnesota, dog attack fatalities are extremely rare. However, even if a dog bite or attack does not cause death, it can still result in significant and permanent injuries. Scarring, infections, nerve damage, and muscle damage are just a few types of injuries that can result from dog bites and attacks. A dog may also transmit diseases like rabies. If the bite gets infected, it may result in more complications like septic shock or other medical complications that require extensive medical treatment.
Serious dog bites or attacks can traumatize everyone involved. Unfortunately, it is young, small children that are commonly bitten or attacked. The height and size of a child put their face and head right in the danger zone of a dog. Unfortunately, this often results in bites to the facial area of the child. Bites to the face are particularly troublesome as they will leave scarring on a very visible area of the body. Small children are also susceptible to emotional trauma as a result of a bite, leading to anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), along with children, adults (particularly those who are older) are also vulnerable to things like nerve damage, scarring, infections, and disfigurement from dog bites or attacks. Whether you are young or old, if you have been bit or attacked by a dog, you should seek immediate medical attention and follow the doctor’s recommendations.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Sometimes, the injuries caused by a dog bite are minor. For example, you may experience an abrasion or a small puncture wound. However, many other types of injuries may occur, including multiple types at the same time. For example, you can experience laceration, which leaves a scar, as well as nerve damage.
Some of the most common injuries seen in dog bite accident cases include:
As mentioned above, puncture wounds are common in dog bite cases. If a dog bites you, they may puncture your skin and tissue, leaving holes behind. Most puncture wounds are fairly deep and, without treatment, may become infected.
A broken bone may occur if the dog’s bite is strong or if the dog knocks you to the ground. This may result in bone fractures. Breaks like this can be expensive to treat and often require one or more surgeries to repair the damage. Physical therapy may also be needed to treat the injury.
During a dog bite or attack, the face may be lacerated or cut. Such a bite can also damage the eyes and lead to vision impairment. Facial scars and other facial injuries can be hard on a victim’s mental health and cause significant pain and suffering. This is especially the case if they experience disfigurement or scarring that may require a scar revision surgery.
If the bite is deep enough, it may damage the underlying nerves and nerve damage may occur. Nerve damage can be extremely painful, and permanent. It can result in neurological deficits, such as weakness, muscle drooping, numbness, or tingling.
Along with physical injuries, emotional trauma is common in dog bite cases. PTSD, depression, and stress are all cited as effects of this incident and injury. This is especially common among young children who have been bit or attacked. These emotional injuries can be severe if not properly treated by a mental health professional.
You Should Not Be Forced to Pay for the Resulting Damages from a Dog Bite or Attack
At Nelson Personal Injury, LLC, our legal team and attorneys have extensive experience handling dog bite and dog attack cases. We will ensure that the dog owner and their insurance company is held accountable for the damages caused by their dog, including your past and future medical expenses caused by the dog bite or attack, your past and future wage loss, and your past and future pain, suffering, emotional distress and disfigurement.
The law in Minnesota holds dog owners accountable for what their dogs do. Even if the dog had never shown any signs of aggression in the past, the owner could be liable. If you or someone in your family has experienced a dog attack or dog bite injury, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our legal team works on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees, and there are no fees unless we obtain a recovery for you.
Contact Us for Help with Your Dog Bite Claim
You have rights if you have been injured because of a dog bite or attack. Our team is here to help protect those rights and ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.