All your child was doing was riding her bike down the block and that dog came out of nowhere, knocked her off the bike and bite her. I remember when my daughter was young, the hopelessness that I felt sitting at the side of hospital bed, not able to take away her pain, fear or provide her much in the way of comfort.
It is painful to think about what your child is going through and what she has in store in the future. However, right now, you need to be focused on:
- Her recovery;
- Preventing infections;
- Dealing with her fear and anxiety;
- Doctors appointments; and
You keep thinking that your child wouldn't be in this situation if the dog owner would have fixed their fence so the dog wouldn't keep getting out. You're angry and upset and that is understandable.
The medical expenses keep coming in and the doctor is talking about sending your child to a plastic surgeon to see if the damage can be repaired.
Compensation for your child's injuries
Whether you are able to receive compensation for your child's injuries depends on a number of factors like:
- The facts and circumstances of the dog bite;
- The action or inaction of the dog owner that led to the attack;
- The dog's background of violence.
If we are able to show that the dog owner was careless or negligence, you may be able to receive:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Pain, suffering, scarring, disfigurement, and the loss of the quality of enjoyment of life.
Importantly, we have to understand how your child will be affected in the long run. While it may be emotionally challenging to imagine your child's life without the dog bite, it may be a very useful way to determine exactly what changed and to protect your child's future by fighting for a fair and just recovery.
As you weigh your options, it is important to understand there are other benefits of filing a legal claim after a dog bite injury besides the money:
- Make your neighborhood safer. Not only could a lawsuit help you deal with the danger of the dog that bit your child, but it could also serve as a warning or deterrent to other dog owners in the neighborhood.
- Provide emotional relief for your child. A lot of children have strong feelings about right and wrong. A legal claim may help them understand that there are consequences to our actions, which may help them find closure after the injury.
If you have any questions about an Indiana dog bite claim, call (219) 874-4878.
Pejic & DiMartino, PC 1000 Washington Street Michigan City, Indiana 46360
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