There are about 4.5 million dog bites and attacks in the United States every year. Much as we love dogs, there are plenty of circumstances where they can attack without warning or in response to a stressful stimuli. The dog may be hungry, hurt, afraid, or feeling threatened in the moment. It may be a vicious dog or a characteristically calm dog. Sometimes, you know to use caution around dogs, and other times, they can surprise you. Dog attack injuries include punctures, torn muscles and cartilage, severe infections and trauma.
Local leash laws typically state that you must keep your dog on a leash in public settings. If a dog owner is negligent in this responsibility, then he or she can be responsible for compensating your injuries and losses, including pain and suffering and mental anguish.