St. Joseph Dog Bite Lawyers

St. Joseph Dog Bite Lawyers

Being attacked by a dog and receiving a dog bite is a terrifying ordeal. One moment you are enjoying a serene walk in the neighborhood or petting a new friend. The next moment, you are in pain, suffering from injuries that could have been avoided. Now, you have to consider seeking treatment for possible infection, and pressing charges against the owner of the dog. A knowledgeable St. Joseph dog bite lawyer from Patterson Legal Group may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.

We offer professional legal help 24/7 via our convenient LiveChat feature. You can also call 816-920-0000 or fill out this online form to set up your free case evaluation and consultation.

Any Dog Can Bite

While there are certain breeds of dog that tend to bite more, any dog can bite and cause injury to a human. This includes well-trained dogs, or very friendly dogs that are familiar to the victim. 

Furthermore, almost any dog can cause fatal injury. Most dog bite fatalities were commonly caused by Pitbull’s, American bulldogs, German shepherds, and mastiffs. 

Risks of Dog Bites

A dog bite may not seem like a severe injury, especially when compared to traumatic brain injury or spinal injury. However, as with any injury, there are certain risks involved.

For example, dog bite victims likely will have to manage permanent scarring and disfigurement. Almost 27,000 people had reconstructive surgery to repair damage done by dog attacks in 2018.

Moreover, infections are common among dog bite victims, especially those who do not seek immediate medical treatment. This is because a dog’s mouth is full of bacteria and viruses. When their teeth break a person’s skin, those germs can be delivered directly into the bloodstream. Some common dog bite infections include

  • Staphylococcus and streptococcus, which lead to swollen joints, fevers, and boils.
  • Cellulitis, which may cause the appearance of darkened skin, pneumonia, and meningitis.
  • Rabies, which spreads to the victim’s nervous system and can lead to death.

Infections are not the only thing that may cause death. Unfortunately, some dog bite attacks are so vicious that the victim may bleed to death or succumb to the severity of their injuries.

If you have dog bite injuries, or a loved one has died due to a dog’s vicious attack, contact the St. Joseph dog bite lawyers at Patterson Legal Group. We may be able to help you seek compensation following your family’s personal injury or wrongful death.

What to Do After a Dog Bites You

After suffering from dog-related injuries, always seek medical treatment immediately. By seeing a doctor and/or receiving first aid, you may lower your chance or infection. You may also be able to minimize some scarring. 

If the injuries are severe, or you have observed a dog attack, call 911. Do not attempt to move the victim, and follow the instructions of emergency personnel when they arrive. 

Then, keep a detailed account of all events surrounding the incident. Take note of time of day, if the dog was chained, or if a fence was broken. Also, write down all preventive measures you took to avoid further complications. 

Keep a journal of your recovery, and present all this information to our dog attack attorneys. Then, they will be able to explain to you what your rights are following a dog bite.

What Are My Rights After a Dog Bite?

Missouri dog bite law indicates that the owner of the dog is liable for your injuries. In other words, it was their duty to keep others safe from their pet. So, you may be able to sue to receive compensation. This compensation may cover any medical costs, lost wages, or financially cover your pain and suffering

Our St. Joseph dog bite lawyers at Patterson Legal Group have recovered over $250 million on behalf of our clients. These all-important funds may help you and your family recover after suffering a devastating injury. 

We may be able to build a strong dog bite injury case and represent you and your family. To find out if we can assist you, reach out for a free, no obligation case evaluation and consultation. Your satisfaction is our highest priority, and with over 25 years of experience, you know you’re in good hands. Call 816-920-0000 any time of day or night to begin the process.