During 2007, dog attacks resulted in the deaths of 32 people, more than half were children. Every year, an estimated 4.7 million Americans suffer dog bite injuries — most of them are children. The incidents of dog bite fatalities have been on the rise since the 1980s, when annual deaths from dog bites averaged 17.
Lawyers Advocating for Children With Dog Bite Injuries
If an animal seriously injured your child, please contact a personal injury attorney at Freeman & Chiartas in Charleston, West Virginia, to protect your legal rights. Our personal injury attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience representing families with children injured by dog bites and other animal attacks.
We understand that a dog bite or other animal attack can cause serious, permanent injuries. Because dog bite injuries most frequently involve the head and neck, a child's hearing and vision may be put at risk. Multiple surgeries, including plastic surgery, may be required to repair the physical damage. The emotional and physical scars can last a lifetime.
We Know the Dog Bite Laws in West Virginia
In West Virginia, if a dog that is running at large bites you, the dog's owner is liable for any damages the pet caused. That means the injury victim's attorneys do not even have to prove that the dog's owner was negligent.
Furthermore, if the dog has bitten and injured someone at least once before, the dog's owner may be liable for damages even if the dog is properly confined on the owner's premises. At Freeman & Chiartas, we have decades of experience obtaining million-dollar and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for accident victims throughout West Virginia. We are fully prepared to prove fault in pursuit of helping your family recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Contact Our Skilled West Virginia Animal Attack Attorneys
To learn more about dog bite injury claims, contact Charleston injury lawyers today. Your initial consultation will be free of charge.