While all injuries from a dog bite or attack require careful treatment and attention, facial wounds, lacerations, puncture wounds, and abrasions can be especially problematic for victims. After the treatment stops, the victim is often left to cope with nightmares, flashbacks, and other negative feelings resulting from the attack, as well as the after-effects of a facial wound, including scarring, deformity, and discoloration. These permanent injuries are visible to the outside world, and the victim is reminded of the terrible ordeal every time they look into the mirror. The effects of such an attack can be especially problematic for children, who are less able to cope with their physical and emotional injuries.
Unfortunately, not all wounds are created equal. For example, a horrific wound that healed quickly and left little permanent scarring would generally be worth less than a more moderate wound that developed an infection or left noticeable permanent scarring. Even the gender of the victim can have an impact on the value of a dog bite case, with females tending to get higher recoveries than males.
In order to maximize the resources available to assist a victim with treatment and recovery, it is important to obtain competent, qualified medical care for the dog bite wounds. It may be necessary to consult with a plastic surgeon. It is also best to obtain legal counsel experienced in these types of cases, to provide guidance and assistance with all aspects of this type of incident, including requests for recorded statements and pictures, to medical authorizations, and to vividly document the progression of the victim’s injuries.
The law firm of Heiting & Irwin has over 100 years combined experience representing the interests of people who have been harmed by the actions of others. We offer free consultations, a warm and inviting office, and a friendly staff to anyone interested in speaking about a potential legal matter. If you would like to speak with someone about your circumstances, please call our office at (951) 682-6400 for a free consultation.