My daughter got bitten by a dog in Houston and will have a large scar. Is there anything she can do legally?

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I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s dog bite. Unfortunately, dog bites are very common. The CDC has reported that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Many of those bites are minor and require little or no medical treatment. Others, however, are very serious, and can have lifelong implications for the victims.

The effects of a dog bite can be both physical as well as psychological. The victims may require not only standard medical treatment, but also plastic surgery to repair scars. Many victims have emotional trauma because of their changed appearance. Victims can also develop a fear of animals because of the attack. Many dog bite victims need counseling in order to heal emotionally.

Your daughter may be able to recover compensation from the owner of the dog. In many dog bite cases, the biggest issue is whether the dog’s owner can be found, and whether the dog’s owner has either assets or insurance that will cover the injury. If there are assets or insurance available, your daughter can potentially recover compensation for her past and future medical expenses and plastic surgery, her emotional and psychological trauma, and her scars.

If your child has suffered scars because of an attack from a dog, she has legal rights. An attorney can help secure evidence, build a strong case, and negotiate a settlement or take the case to trial. Call the Houston dog bite attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to schedule your free consultation, or visit us on Google+ to learn more about the firm.

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