Dog Bite Lawyer Serving West Virginia and Hagerstown Area
Dogs can be wonderful, beloved household pets. According to the recent National Pet Owners Survey, over 60 million households across the country own dogs, with a total of nearly 90 million dogs living in homes nationwide. As beloved as dogs may be by many families, they are nevertheless animals, and sometimes dangerous ones. When dogs lash out, they can leave people—especially those vulnerable to attack, such as the elderly or small children—seriously or even fatally injured.
Take immediate action after a dog bite
Victims of dog bites understand how violent and traumatic an attack by a dog can be. Dog bite sufferers may be entitled to money to compensate them for their medical expenses, physical pain, or the emotional distress they suffered as the result of an attack. If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite in West Virginia, it is important to take legal action quickly in pursuit of a claim for damages. Contact the knowledgeable and dedicated Martinsburg dog bite lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a no-cost consultation on your injury claim.
Dog owner liability for dog bites
The laws of West Virginia impose what is known as strict liability on dog owners after certain types of dog bites. If a dog owner personally allows their dog to run loose outside the owner’s property, and that dog attacks someone, the owner can be held legally responsible for the victim’s injuries, regardless of whether the owner knew that the dog had a tendency to bite. This liability may also apply where the dog was being monitored by a kennel or walker at the time of the bite. When a dog bite occurs on the owner’s property or while the dog is on leash, a victim would need to show that the owner knew that the dog had a tendency to bite or some other warning that the dog was dangerous in order to hold the owner liable for a victim’s injuries.
Injuries to dog bite victims can be serious
Dog bites can occur under extremely frightening, violent conditions. Injuries from dog attacks can require months of treatment and rehabilitation, even requiring costly surgeries to repair all damage. Dog bite injuries can include:
- Nerve damage
- Need for reconstructive surgery and scar reduction
- Damage to tendons and ligaments
- Risk of serious infection
- Emotional pain and post-traumatic stress
Compassionate and Experienced Legal Representation in West Virginia Dog Bite Injuries
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite in West Virginia, seek compassionate and dedicated legal help by contacting the knowledgeable and experienced Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a free consultation on your case, at 304-263-0900.