If you have ever been chased by a large dog, you know how terrifying it can be. In that moment, you do not know if the animal will catch up to you or not, and if it does catch you, whether it will attack.
A dog attack can have a major impact on your life, from the physical pain of the attack to the psychological ramifications and fear that many victims feel when around dogs after an attack. Unfortunately, many people, especially young children, are hurt or even killed as a result of these attacks.
If you or someone you love is suffering because of a bite or attack by an Alaskan husky, you have the right to hold the dog owner responsible for their animal’s behavior. An Alaskan husky dog bite lawyer can help. We offer a free, no-risk consultation for the victims of dog attacks. We also work on a contingency fee basis only, which means we only take payment for our work if we are successful with your case. In other words, you have nothing to lose. For a free review of your case, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444.
Injuries That Can Occur in an Alaskan Husky Dog Attack
Even though Alaskan huskies are described as happy dogs who love everyone, the reality is that any dog has the ability to bite at any time regardless of general breed temperament.
Some common types of injuries that occur as a result of dog bites and dog attacks are:
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, animal bites can crush bones, ligaments, and nerves, even when the skin itself is not broken. Signs that you have nerve or tendon damage as a result of an animal bite include a loss of sensation or inability to bend the appendage.
Sometimes dogs carry bacteria in their mouths that can make people sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of the possible diseases you could encounter as a result of a dog bite include:
- And others
Dog bites may make you more vulnerable to certain infections, such as MRSA.
Head and Brain Injuries
Children are most often the victims of attacks by large dogs, and it is possible for the dog to bite down on the victim’s head during an attack causing major injuries. A large dog like an Alaskan husky can even pull adult victims off balance, causing the adult to fall and hit their head during the attack. An injury like this, often referred to as a traumatic brain injury, can cause serious physical harm to the brain and impact a person’s emotions, personality, and other cognitive abilities, according to Mayo Clinic.
The scarring that a dog attack can leave behind is not always visible. Many victims experience severe post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their attack. According to a study by the Journal of Pediatrics that examined post-traumatic stress disorder in children after a dog bite, 12 of the 22 children showed signs of PTSD two to nine months after the attack.
How the Statute of Limitations Could Impact Your Case
Every state places a limit on the amount of time that you have to file a lawsuit after a personal injury accident like a dog bite or dog attack. However, it is different for every state. It also sometimes varies depending on whether you are pursuing a personal injury claim or wrongful death case.
If you wait too long and file your claim after the statute of limitations has ended, you may be unable to recover any amount of compensation for your injuries. An Alaskan husky dog bite lawyer can explain how the statute of limitations for your state could impact your case. We can also examine your case and help you understand your options for recovering compensation for your injuries.
Types of Damages You May Be Able to Recover After a Dog Bite
Every case is different, and the type of damages that you may be able to recover will depend on the details of your case, including the severity of your injuries and the impact they have on your quality of life and future. Some common types of damages victims do recover in cases like these include:
- Medical costs like ambulance rides, doctor’s examinations, reconstructive surgeries, and physical therapy
- Past and future lost wages
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If your loved one did not survive the accident, your family may be able to recover:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Medical expenses
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Is Here for You
We understand how overwhelming it can be to think about taking legal action if you are still healing from your injuries. However, memories fade with time, and the sooner we begin gathering evidence in your case, the easier it can be.
Here are specific ways that we can help your case:
- Gather evidence: We can gather police reports, eyewitness statements, and other documents to determine liability. Our legal team is also familiar with the laws in your state for dog bites and understand whether the dog owner is automatically liable or whether you could potentially share liability.
- Calculate the value of your case: We can gather your medical bills and receipts and also determine the value of your non-quantifiable damages like your pain and suffering. This helps us to understand what a fair settlement looks like for your injuries.
- Negotiate a settlement: We can talk to the insurance company or the defendant’s lawyers on your behalf, seeking a fair settlement for your case. We will pursue a settlement that takes into consideration the cost of both your current medical costs as well as your future pain and suffering.
Get help from an Alaskan husky dog bite lawyer today. Our team can evaluate your case and help you explore your options for recovering compensation. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444.