Normally, claims for injuries suffered as a result of a dog attack are brought against the dog's owner, who will notify their homeowner's insurance carrier so that they may deal with the victim's attorney. However, not all dog owners are homeowners. Many dog owners rent, and in some cases may carry renter's insurance. Also, a landlord of a property where a dog attack occurred may be found liable for your injuries if they: a) have prior knowledge of the dangerous tendencies of the dog (meaning they knew of prior attacks committed by the dog), and b) allowed the dog's owner to continue to keep the dog on their property anyway. The...Read More
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If you are a victim of a dog bite, it is absolutely necessary to seek further medical treatment. There is always a chance your injuries may not stop at a dog bite scar. The Law Office of David J. Cowhey currently represents several clients who, unfortunately, are experiencing secondary injuries stemming from dog attacks. One such client was bitten while attending a baby shower with friends, and developed a subsequent allergic reaction that hospitalized her for nine days. She was prescribed steroid medication to combat the allergic infection. As a result, she developed steroid-induced diabetes. Another client was bitten by a dog on...Read More
As a grandfather of a kindergarten-age girl himself, David J. Cowhey is extremely aware that all too often, young children can become victims of dog attacks. Children may be seen by some of the more aggressive dog breeds, such as pit bulls and Rottweilers, as vulnerable and weak and are often attacked without provocation. Consequently, many children are seriously wounded in dog attacks each year, often while visiting the homes of dog owners with their parents as invited guests. An innocent child should not have to suffer injustice in addition to physical and mental scarring as the result of a dog bite. Mr. Cowhey has handled countless...Read More
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Dog bites are not something to ignore. While many encounters with dogs can leave you with as little as a red mark on your skin, a severe bite can lead to infection. If you think your bite is severe or if it involves bones, joints, or tendons, go to an emergency room immediately. In the meantime,
- if your wound is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth and keep it elevated....
Dog bites are common, with more than 1.7 million occuring each year. Usually wounding the neck and head area of young children and the arms and legs in children over 10 and adults, dog bite wounds can take the form of scratches, open cuts, punctures, crushing of bones and tissue, and even tearing away of body parts.
Tetanus is an infection of a wound brought on by a bacterial...Read More
Negative experiences with dogs can be scary and physically dangerous. If you've been bitten by a dog, you should not only seek medical attention for the wound of the bite itself (puncture marks, lacerations, broken skin or bones), but also for any medical problems that may occur at a later time. Infections can take a while to manifest, but are often worse than the initial bite and can take much longer...Read More
We love our dogs and think of them as being part of the family. It is easy to think of them as little humans with fur, but the truth is that doing so is bad for them—and for us. When we expect dogs to act like people, we are asking for trouble. Dogs can become aggressive when they don’t understand the complex ways that people interact.
Whether it is out of fear, dominance, or guarding possessions or food, nearly all dogs will try to...Read More
The wounds left from a dog attack aren’t always purely physical. Some children will develop psychological issues following an attack. For children who have suffered a moderate dog bite, 1 in 10 will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The odds are greater for children who have suffered a severe dog bite injury. 1 in 4 of those victims will suffer PTSD.
PTSD can cause a child to exhibit abnormal behaviors. After a dog attack, your child may begin to:
Dog attacks can cause serious injuries, but many dog bites can be attended with minor first aid care at home. All dog bites have certain characteristics in common caused by the way a dog grasps the victim with its front teeth and pulls at the surrounding skin with its other teeth as it bites. This leaves a distinctive wound, characterized by:
- A deep puncture made by the front teeth...