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Dog Bite Injury

Dog Attack in Wichita Falls

On Monday morning, a man was brutally attacked by two dogs in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened sometime around 9:00 a.m., on Taylor Street. Although very few details about the attack have been released, we do know that a neighbor witnessed the attack and rushed to aid the victim. Keenan Rook looked out his window to see the victim collapse to the ground. He ran outside and was able to kick the dogs away from the injured man.

Dangerous Dogs in Wichita Falls

At this time, we don’t know the man’s current condition or the extent of injuries involved. Initial reports indicate that the man was responsive on the scene, but did suffer from bites to his head and skull. At least one of the dogs was a Pit Bull or Pit Bull type mix. KFDX News Channel Three also reported that animal control was on the scene to remove the animals. They will be in quarantine for 10 days and checked for rabies. There is no word on whether or not anybody has claimed ownership for either dog.

Residents Not Surprised by Attack

Sadly, residents in the area reported that they were not surprised this attack happened. Mary Winfrey, who was one house away from where the attack happened, said these dogs have been roaming the area for months. She has even called neighbors to warn them if she sees them on the loose. Residents in the neighborhood have been living in fear of the dangerous dogs. Although the adult male victim survived the attack, one neighbor remarked that it would have been a different story had it been a child outside at the time.

Child Killed by Pit Bull in Lawton

Earlier this month, we reported on a fatal Pit Bull attack in Lawton, Oklahoma. A Three-year-old child was killed in the backyard, while a family friend was babysitting. When first responders arrived on the scene, the dog was so aggressive, it had to be shot on the spot. Combined, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers accounted for 74 percent of the total recorded dog-attack fatalities between 2005 and 2014.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a dog attack in Wichita Falls or the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for an immediate free consultation.

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Lawton Child Killed in Pit Bull Attack

Last week, a three-year-old child was killed in a dog attack involving a Pit Bull in Lawton, Oklahoma. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened at about 9:00 a.m., on Southwest 17th Street. Apparently, three-year-old Jordan Collins was playing in the backyard while a family friend was babysitting and watching him through a window. Although very few details have been released, the babysitter reportedly looked up to see the child lying injured on the ground. When first responders arrived on the scene, the Pit Bull was aggressive and had to be shot.

Dog Attack Statistics at a Glance

  • In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, Pit Bulls killed 203 Americans.
  • Pit Bulls accounted for 62 percent of the total recorded dog-attack fatalities during that time frame.
  • Combined, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers accounted for 74 percent of those deaths over that 10-year period.
  • Every day, approximately 1,000 people require emergency care treatment for a dog bite across the country.

Pit Bull Attack Pattern

The Pit Bull attack pattern is one of the reasons why they’re so highly represented in fatal attacks. Pit Bulls are known for having a “bite-hold-shake” attack pattern. Anybody who has ever seen a bully dog hang from a rope in a competition or get a hold of anything can visualize the attack pattern. The tissue damage associated with Pit Bull attacks has been likened to that of shark attacks. Couple the ‘hold and shake’ bite pattern with a dog that has incredibly strong jaws and you could have catastrophic or fatal tissue damage in a matter of seconds.

Dangerous Dogs in Texoma

Recently, we have seen an increase in dog bites and attacks from notoriously dangerous breeds like Pit bulls, Rottweilers and other bully-breeds. In many cases, the dogs had never previously attacked or shown any aggressive tendencies of any kind. While many breed advocates may disagree, the fact remains that these attacks and bites happen every day. It’s also important to note that dogs of any breed can bite and attack. If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a pit bull or any other type of dog, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to Jordan Collins’ family members, friends and loved ones.

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Wichita Falls Traffic Superintendent Attacked by Dog

On Tuesday, Wichita Falls Traffic Superintendent Mark Beauchamp was attacked by a dog during a walk with his family. According to KFDX News Channel Three, Beauchamp, his wife and their dog, a Golden Retriever named Grace, were out for a stroll when a neighborhood dog escaped its yard and attacked them. Initially, the gray and white Australian Shepherd went for Beauchamp’s wife and dog. In trying to protect them, the dog attacked him and bit hit leg multiple times. Finally, the dog was called off by its owner.

Wichita Falls Dog Attack

Beauchamp recounted his experience for KFDX News Channel Three and said that once the dog had turned on him, he was mostly focused on trying to keep the dog away and not fall to the ground during the attack. This attack happened just before Beauchamp’s upcoming walking safety class at Jefferson Elementary. Unfortunately, the talk will have to be rescheduled as he recovers from his injuries. Beauchamp and his wife are thankful that the attack was not worse, and did not happen to one of the many elderly residents in their neighborhood. Making the most out of a bad situation, Beauchamp plans on using this dog attack as a teaching experience for future safety training classes.

Dog Bite Statistics

  • In 2001, an estimated 368,245 people were treated in U.S emergency departments for nonfatal dog bite-related injuries.
  • 42 percent of dog bites in 2001 occurred among children aged 14 years and younger.
  • The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200.
  • There were four times as many dog bite-related emergency department visits and three times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

After a Dog Bite in Texoma

If you have been injured in a dog attack or bit by a dog in the Texoma area, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group for an immediate free case consultation. You’re likely facing medical expenses, painful injuries, lost wages and other expenses associated with the attack. Since dog bite cases are often complex and may involve an animal owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy, these cases can be complicated.

At this time, the dog in question is being quarantined with Wichita Falls Animal Services. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes Wichita Falls Traffic Superintendent Mark Beauchamp a swift and full recovery from his injuries.

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Henrietta Bicyclist Attacked by Dog

Last week, a Henrietta woman was viciously attacked by dog. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened at about 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, in front of a daycare center. Donna Holman was riding her bike when two dogs attacked her. A small dog bit one of her legs, and a large dog bit the other leg multiple times and both arms as she was fighting it off.

Apparently, an elderly gentleman was walking the two dogs that attacked Holman, as well as two other dogs at the time of the attack. He was unable to pull the attacking dogs off of Holman, because he was trying to keep the other two from joining the frenzy. When the dogs finally let go of Holman, the daycare owner rushed her to Clay County Memorial Hospital, where it took nearly three hours to sew up her wounds.

Thankfully, Holman is on the mend, but she was most concerned with the fact that the elderly man was walking four dogs across from a daycare center at the time of the attack. He was unable to assist her or pull the first two dogs off of her, because he was trying to contain the other two. KFDX News did report that Henrietta ordinances require the dog to be quarantined prior to being returned to the owner, but there’s no word on how that process is going. Additionally, they were unable to confirm whether or not the owner of the dogs received any citations.

Injuries Associated with Dog Attacks

Injuries associated with dog attacks can range from mild cuts, scrapes and bruises to severe lacerations, damaged tissue and complicated infections. In addition to the pain, physical scars and torn flesh, dog attacks are also associated with powerful emotional damage. After all, most people have warm feelings about man’s best friend. For the most part, dogs are wonderful, loyal family pets, but if a dog has attacked you, it can create a high level of fear and emotional suffering.

After a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one has been attacked or bitten by a dog, you need to speak with an experienced dog bite attorney as soon as possible. Dog bite victims are often facing extensive medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with the attack. The team at Altman Legal Group can be reached at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation today.

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City Worker in Lawton Attacked by Dogs

Earlier this week, a city worker in Lawton was attacked by dogs. The city water employee, whose name hasn’t been released, was in the middle of restoring water to a home on Southwest Park Avenue when two pit bulls viciously attacked him.

According to KSWO News Channel Seven, he suffered from significant injuries to his head, arms and legs, but was able to get free of the dogs. First responders were swiftly on the scene, and he was rushed to the hospital. There’s no word on his current condition, but KSWO News did report that he was treated and released from the hospital.

Dogs Seized by Animal Control

No information has been released on how these dogs were able to attack this city employee. Were they let loose in a yard he was working in? Did they break out of a poorly-fenced in area or were they turned out off-leash to roam freely? Thankfully, the animals were seized by the animal control department.

The owner was apparently aware that at least one of the dogs has a history of aggression and has been known to bite. She reportedly told KSWO News that she did intend to get her dogs back, when and if they were going to be released by the city. Currently, there’s no word on the situation.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bite injuries can leave victims with severe lacerations, infections and painful scar tissue. Especially when bites to the face occur, it may be necessary to go through multiple reconstructive plastic surgeries.Dog attack victims might be facing a variety of stitches and staples to close lacerations.

In addition to the physical aftermath of a dog attack, victims frequently suffer from emotional and mental pain and suffering. Getting viciously attacked by what should be “man’s best friend” is a traumatic experience, and it can leave victims with a new-found fear of dogs, mistrust of friendly animals and painful emotional scars.

After a Dog Attack in Texas or Oklahoma

Victims of dog attacks are often facing expensive medical bills, lost wages and lengthy recovery periods, and dog bite cases can be incredibly complex.

In addition to dealing with negligent pet owners, it is often necessary to make a claim against their homeowner’s insurance policy. If you or your loved one has been attacked by a dog, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 580-353-4878 for a free consultation today.

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Dog Bite Prevention Week

Unfortunately, dog bites have become a growing problem in Wichita Falls and across Texoma.

In March, we reported on a cyclist who was attacked by dogs while riding on Kemp. Children, the elderly and postal workers are the three groups who are most at risk for being attacked by dogs, so citizens are encouraged to keep their pets under control at all times. KFDX News Channel Three recently reported on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA’s) National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

DogBitePrevButton_2013Dog Bite Prevention Tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a wide variety of tips for dog bite prevention. Dog owners are encouraged to spay and neuter their pets which can help to reduce potentially aggressive tendencies. They also offer fantastic information for families who are interested in buying or adopting the perfect dog and tips for safe interactions between children and pets. The CDC also wants to remind people that dog bites are largely a preventable public health issue. At the end of the day, it’s up to responsible owners to keep their dogs under control. It doesn’t matter how responsible you are with your own pet, if somebody else allows their dog to run loose, you or your child can get attacked.

Dog Bites in the United States

  • Approximately 4.5 million people are attacked my dogs every year.
  • Nearly one in five dog bite victims require medical attention for their injuries.
  • About half of those injured are children.
  • Dog bites were the 11th leading cause of nonfatal injury to children ages one to four from 2003 to 2012.
  • 66 percent of bites among children happen to the head and neck areas.
  • 27,000 people had to undergo reconstructive surgery for dog bites in 2012.
  • Children, age’s five to nine, are most at risk for dog-bite related injuries.

After a Dog Bite

Dog bite victims may be facing extensive medical bills for multiple reconstructive surgeries. If dogs aren’t kept up-to-date on vaccinations, victims may be looking at a variety of antibiotic and vaccine protocols too. An aggressive and violent attack by one of “man’s best friends” can also leave victims with painful memories of the attack and a future distrust of potentially friendly pets. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation today.

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Cyclist Attacked by Dogs on Kemp

On Monday morning, a cyclist was attacked by dogs on the 1200 block of Kemp. According to KFDX News Channel Three, two dogs attacked the cyclist at about 10:30 a.m. The dogs that attacked him were listed as a Pit Bull and a Pug mix. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Officials with Animal Control Services were able to pick up the Pit Bull, but did not locate the Pug mix. There is no word on the extent of the victim’s injuries or current condition.

Dog Bites: Just the Facts

  • Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the U.S.
  • Half of those people are children.
  • 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery for a dog bite in 2012.
  • Almost one in five of people who are bitten require medical attention.
  • Adult males are more likely to be bitten than adult females.

Cyclists Face a Number of Dangers in North Texas

Dogs aren’t the only threat to cyclists in North Texas and across the U.S. Bicycle riders are constantly on the lookout for distracted, impaired, careless and reckless drivers. When motorists don’t safely share the road, cyclists and pedestrians are put at great risk. Since a cyclist doesn’t have the benefit of advanced modern automobile safety features, he or she can be devastatingly or fatally injured in a collision with a car or truck. Even a seemingly mild crash at a relatively low speed can be incredibly dangerous for a cyclist. Bicycle riders can still get hurt, even when they wear helmets, obey traffic laws and wear high visibility clothing.

Cyclist Safety: Just the Facts

  • In 2011, 677 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
  • 48,000 cyclists were injured in crashes in 2011.
  • In 2011, cyclists account for two percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities.
  • In 2011, fatalities were up nine percent from 623 cyclists killed in 2010.

Contacting an Attorney

Cyclists in North Texas and across the U.S. face a variety of hazards, from motorists not sharing the road to dangerous dogs at large. If you or a cyclist you love has been injured due to another person’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Bicycle riders and pedestrians should be able to navigate the roadways safely. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the cyclist a speedy and full recovery.

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Dog Attacks 11-Year-Old Boy

An 11-year-old boy is recovering from a brutal dog attack. Tanner Flick was at a friend’s house when their family pet attacked him. He walked through the kitchen and reached down to pet the dog. Before he knew it, the dog turned on him. The dog, a pit bull, knocked him to the floor and began attacking his face. Tanner had to fight to get the dog off of him. His wounds required 24 stitches.

Flick’s parents are incredibly thankful that their son is still alive. Brad Flick, Tanner’s father, mentioned just how close the lacerations were to his child’s throat. Sadly, Tanner’s road to recovery has been a difficult one. Shortly after the attack, his wounds became infected. He also had an allergic reaction the antibiotics that were prescribed. Tanner’s parents have also expressed their concern about Tanner’s continued recovery. They state that he will have to see a plastic surgeon eventually, but that he will not be able to do so for over a year. It’s not uncommon for dog attack victims to need multiple plastic surgeries over the course of months or years to repair damage, especially when their faces have been attacked.

The dog was quarantined immediately by Wichita Falls Animal Control. To protect the community from further danger, it was then euthanized. Steve Dodge, a supervisor with Wichita Falls Animal Control, stated that the remains were sent to Austin to be tested for rabies. KFDX News Channel Three reports that the dog had bitten two other people in the past, but no reports were ever filed. Although the dog has been euthanized, Tanner says that doesn’t erase the memory of the attack.

Last year, we reported on a case where a five-year-old girl was mauled by a pit bull. She also sustained serious injuries to her face and lost an ear in the attack. Her grandmother was also hospitalized due to injuries sustained while trying to save the little girl. Dog bites are always serious, no matter how large or small the dog is. Wichita Falls has a strict liability statute for dog bites. This means that there doesn’t have to be any demonstrated history of aggression. An owner can be held liable if his or her dog bites and injures someone. Victims of dog bites are often facing extensive tissue damage and lengthy recovery times. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, contact the experienced dog bite lawyers at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.

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