Whether a child or adult is bitten, a Morgantown dog bite attorney can be helpful in ensuring your claim is handled appropriately. Children often are more playful with dogs and may be much less fearful of them than adults. For these reasons and others, children 12 and younger account for about half of all dog attacks that occur in the country each year, according to the American Humane Association.
While there are steps that can be taken to prevent such attacks – like educating young children how to approach or avoid dogs – once an attack has occurred, you may file a dog bite claim. An attorney may be able to help you through this process. Damages for pain and suffering and medical bills are among the types of damages that may be collected.
Parents and caregivers can file a dog bite claim on behalf of an underage child in West Virginia. The claim and legal process is virtually the same as it would be had an adult been bitten, but the parent or legal guardian simply acts on behalf of the child in this case to collect an appropriate amount in damages.
Has Your Child Been Attacked By a Dog?
At The Miley Legal Group, our lawyers regularly handle cases involving children who have been bitten or attacked by dogs. If a child has been injured as a result of an attack, call to speak with an experienced Morgantown dog bite attorney today at (304) 931-4088 today.