Some feel hesitant to hire a Coweta County personal injury attorney if their child is injured by a dog bite. That’s understandable. The majority of dog attacks involve someone with whom the dog’s owner was familiar, such as a relative or family friend, so some people are reluctant to make a personal injury claim and may even struggle to decide whether to hire a lawyer.
Many dog attacks involve young children, and according to ASPCA, half of all American children will be bitten before they turn 12 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that dog bite rates are highest among children between five and nine years old. Furthermore, children are more likely to receive medical attention for a bite than are adults.
The healing process after an attack may be not only emotionally trying, it may be expensive as well. Cost will depend on the severity and extent of injuries, and may be affected by any psychological reactions your child has to the incident. There is no reason why your family should bear this financial burden simply because you are friends with the owners of the dog responsible for the bite.
Handling your child’s injury claim without a Coweta County personal injury attorney may cause problems with the claim, which could complicate the process. On the other hand, your attorney will probably deal primarily with the dog owner’s insurance company, which may help preserve a relationship if the dog owner is a friend or neighbor. The insurance company will likely pay the majority of the damages when the case is settled out of court.
If you are ready to begin your child injury claim, or you just want a few more questions answered, an attorney at The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz can help you. Our attorneys are familiar with the claims process and will work to get you the settlement both you and your child deserve. Call us today at 404-474-0804.