Every day, an average of 1,000 Americans seek emergency medical treatment for dog bite injuries. Dog bites may result in one or more of the following injuries:
• Abrasions
• Lacerations
• Punctures
• Tissue loss and avulsion
• Crush injuries
• Fractured bones
• Facial fractures
• Sprain / strain injuries
• Scars
• Nerve damage
• Infections such as rabies, cellulitis, and Capnocytophaga canimorsus
• Death

Victims of dog bite injuries may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after the attack.  Or, they may be left with a paralyzing fear of dogs that affects the victim’s ability to enjoy life.  Scarring and disfigurement may also have an effect on the victim’s comfort in social situations.  Victims of dog bites often require both medical care and mental health treatment.
This care can be expensive.  But, under Missouri personal injury law, a dog bite owner is liable for costs associated with a dog bite attack.  However, insurance companies do not like to pay damages. You may need to take steps to protect your case in order to make sure you receive all the damages you are entitled to.
If you or your child is a victim of a Kansas City dog bite attack:
1. Try to identify the dog.  Certain dog diseases, such as rabies can harm humans.  If the dog is carrying rabies, you will need to be vaccinated.
2. Seek immediate medical care. Dog bites often cause scars and are easily infected.   There may be hidden damage that you cannot see. Early treatment can prevent complications and scarring.

 3. Make a police report.  The police will investigate the dog bite and file a report.  This provides important evidence to support your claim.
4. Avoid speaking or arguing with the dog owner. Many dog owners don’t believe their dog would bite or will blame you for provoking the dog.  Let an attorney handle communications.
5. Don't sign any insurance papers or make recorded statements. Insurance companies often try to get statements from injury victims in order to reduce their liability for injuries. Speak to an attorney before signing anything or speaking to an insurance company representative. 
6. Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys. Our Missouri dog bite attorneys can help you get the compensation you are entitled to receive for your injuries, pain and suffering, and financial losses.  Insurance companies will do their best to offer a low settlement; protect your claim.  Before you agree to a settlement, call Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616 to schedule a free case evaluation with a Kansas City personal injury attorney. 
7. Download our free guide: “10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim.”  This guide contains valuable information about the rights of Missouri injury victims.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.