Over 90 million domesticated dogs are pets in the United States according to information released by the American Veterinary Medical Association. While the vast majority of these canines are good pets without serious behavior issues, when “man’s best friend” becomes a human’s worst enemy, the consequences can be devastating. Dog attacks and dog bite injuries can be life-threatening, disfiguring, and even fatal in all too many cases. Dogs of all breeds may attack, but some dogs are more dangerous than others because of their size and strength. If you have been the victim of a dog attack and want to discuss your legal options with a dog bite lawyer in Kansas City, the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. are available to help.
According to data collected and published by DogsBite.org, 71 percent of dog bite fatalities in 2016 involved a pit bull terrier breed, with Labrador retrievers being involved in 10 percent of those fatalities. Many other dog breeds can and do attack humans, but these larger dogs—such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, Labradors and German shepherds—can be far more dangerous than smaller dogs—such as dachshunds, Chihuahuas, and Pomeranians—when they bite. Although the attacks of all these dogs may be spurred by the same aggressive drive, smaller dogs with weaker jaws cause less damage when they attack compared to larger dogs with jaws like a vise grip.
While some breeds are known for being more aggressive or dangerous than others, in many cases a dog may become aggressive because of how it is treated at home. People who train their dogs specifically to attack or as combative guard dogs no longer have cherished pets, but ticking time bombs that are unpredictable and dangerous to humans. However, although it may not be common for a dog that has not been mistreated or trained to be hyper-aggressive to randomly attack people, it can and does happen—and the results are too often tragic.
The first step is to get away from the dog that attacked you and get medical attention immediately. Once your condition is stabilized, gather documentation about the attack, including photos of wounds inflicted during the attack and medical bills or other expenses that arose because of the dog bite. You can then contact a dog bite attorney to discuss building a legal case to take to court.
If you were the victim of a dog attack and need a dog bite lawyer in Kansas City, the personal injury attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. can help you file a claim in court. You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering as a dog bite victim, and we want to put our more than 40 years of experience to work for you. Our attorneys are dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and we work hard to help our clients turn a bad day into a brighter future by advocating for them in court. There is no cost for a consultation, and we charge no fees until you case has reached a resolution. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.
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