In part 1 of this blog, I discussed how I often find that when a child is bitten or attacked by a dog, parents of the child seek legal representation several years after the dog attack. Reasons for the passage of time were also discussed.
In part 2 of this blog, I will share with you why parents ultimately seek legal help and the importance of seeking legal advice after the dog attack.
Ultimately, parents usually decide to seek legal representation with a dog bite lawyer because they see their child’s very serious physical and mental suffering.
Physically, compared to adults, children often suffer significant injuries and scarring from the dog bites which often require multiple surgeries. Further, a child who is severely injured as a result of a dog bite or attack may also need future medical treatment and surgeries, such as skin grafts and reconstructive surgery.
Mentally, dog bites and attacks are often incredibly traumatic events for children, especially young children. Children may develop anxiety or have panic attacks when near dogs, and may need professional help to cope with the emotional difficulties of dealing with a dog bite or attack.
What parents don't realize is that when a long time passes between the attack and when they seek legal representation, their child’s case may be weakened or the value of the case may have significantly decreased. The reason is because it is extremely difficult to gather the necessary evidence to pursue a lawsuit several years after the attack.
Records such as investigative reports and the dog's veterinary reports may be difficult to locate. Witnesses and medical doctors/surgeons who treated the child initially may also be difficult to locate. Medical doctors and surgeons are important medical expert witnesses for PA or NJ dog bite cases and lawsuits.
Therefore, it is important for parents whose child was attacked by a dog to talk to an experienced dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after the dog attack to gather all the necessary evidence. It is extremely difficult to make the decision to bring a lawsuit against someone you know; however, parents need to consider their child's interests when making the decision. The child may be faced with multiple future surgeries and left with permanent physical and emotional scarring.
If your child was attacked by a dog in PA or NJ and would like to explore your child's legal rights, feel free to give me a call @ 877.944.8396.
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