My child was bitten by a dog and suffered serious scars. What are my legal options?

I’m so sorry to hear about your child’s dog bite and scarring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over four million people are bitten by dogs every year. Many of these bites are minor and do not require medical treatment. Serious bites may require hospitalization and surgery, and some even result in death.

In many cases involving dog bites, the wounds are not only physical, they are also psychological. It can be terrifying to be attacked by a dog, and victims can suffer stress after the incident. In addition, those left with serious scars and wounds may suffer emotional trauma due to their appearance. Dog owners are required to take reasonable measures to control their dogs’ actions. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for damages, including compensation for medical care, emotional and psychological trauma, and any scarring.

Fortunately, there are a number of medical procedures available today that can help minimize the appearance of scars. Skin and muscle grafts can help serious wounds by taking skin or muscle from one part of the body and transferring it to another area. Tissue can also be replanted from one area of the body to another. Dermabrasion can also help. It involves scraping the top layers of skin off, and can help reduce the presence of a scar.

If your child has suffered a serious dog bite in the Los Angeles area, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.