Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Explains Types of Injuries

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Oct 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers have decades of experience in representing dog bite victims and their family members. The injuries sustained by the people that contact us are quite varied and range from puncture wounds, to ripping or tearing wounds, to facial lacerations, to a variety of musculature and bone injuries, to psychological injuries and even an amputation. There is also the very real risk of getting some type of serious infection as a result of the bacteria present in a dog's mouth after the dogs teeth or claws penetrate a person's skin. It is very important that you get immediate medical care if your skin has been broken at all by a dog attack.

There are basically four different types of dog bite that are used for purposes of classifying dog bite statistics and data. those classifications are as follows:

Unreported dog bites-it is impossible to quantify with any degree of certainty the number of dog bites that occur each year that are not reported by the victim. The main reasons for a dog bite victim not reporting their injury is because the injury is not deemed to be serious enough toward medical attention or the dog attack occurs by a dog that is owned by a family member or friend;

Minor dog bites-the majority of dog bites can be classified as minor which generally means there is no permanent effect upon the victim. This would mean that there are no broken bones, no major complications from an infection, no permanent, ugly and disfiguring scarring, and no permanent injuries to any of the affected body parts. These minor injuries generally involve a minor break in the skin from a dog's tooth or nail or some type of bruising that requires a minimal amount of medical attention;

Serious and/or severe dog bites-these types of dog bite injuries generally result in a permanent injury which can range from lacerations to tissue loss to avulsion wounds to crush injuries to broken bones to ugly permanent and disfiguring scars to permanent loss of use or sensation to amputations. It has been estimated that approximately 10% of all dog bite injuries fall into this category; and

Fatal dog bite injuries-although rare, dog attacks that result in the death of the victim do occur. The size, age and shape of the attack victim can sometimes dictate how well a person can respond to a dog attack. Unfortunately, children and the elderly are more prone to dying from a dog attack due to either their reduced strength or smaller size. A fatal dog bite attack usually forms the basis for a wrongful death claim.

Despite whatever type of dog bite injury you sustained if you've been attacked by a dog in Connecticut, you should contact an experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment to have your rights explained to you so you can determine how you should be proceeding. Our experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorneys will be to discuss the facts of your case with you in detail and give you suggestions on what you should be doing, what doctors you should be seeing, how you can develop your case, and how you can get better as quickly as possible.

You can contact one of our experienced Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Lawyers by calling our toll-free number at 888-244-5480. Our Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers will be happy to speak with you directly and if your questions over the telephone or we can schedule a free in office consultation where we will review the facts of your case with you. You can even download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book by visiting our website at So before you hire a lawyer, speak to the insurance adjuster, or sign any paperwork contact our Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers today.

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Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


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