The emotional trauma caused by a dog bite is something with which Jeanette is very familiar. She was mauled by a large German shepherd when she was four years old. The bite took 150 stitches to close and 3 surgeries. Unfortunately, the physical and emotional scars are still significant. This personal experience gives Jeanette the desire to pursue every aspect of your dog bite injury. Jeanette understands how the victim feels and has worked hard to force dog owners to move away from victims when the dogs have shown repeated aggression toward the victim.
Jeanette realizes that if a neighbor has a dog that attacked, the emotional healing of the victim is almost impossible. Jeanette’s sympathy for victims makes her a passionate advocate for dog bite plaintiffs. The law is very favorable for dog bite plaintiffs. Dog owners are held to a standard of strict liability. What this means is that a victim does not have to prove that the owner was negligent, the only thing the victim has to prove is that the event occurred and the defendant is the owner of the dog. There is liability even if the dog’s actions caused physical harm to a person because the victim was trying to get away from a dog that was running after the person. Jeanette Secor was successful in getting a very large settlement for a man who was delivering furniture and the next door neighbor’s dogs jumped the fence and ran toward the man. As the man tried to run back to his truck, he ran into a tree and the impact caused him to tear the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. The dog never touched the man, but because the man’s reaction was reasonable given the circumstances, Jeanette was able to get all of his medical bills paid for as well as his lost wages. She was also able to get him a huge settlement for his pain and suffering.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), records show that over 4.5 million people have a dog-related injury every single year in the United States. About 20% of these people that are bitten end up having to go to the hospital to get medical attention for their injury. If you are a victim of a dog bite and are in need of an attorney, then call us at Jeanette Secor, P.A. to get a free consultation.
Let us take the necessary steps to try to get your case won and over.