Child victims of dog bites received national media attention this week with the injury of Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Harrison’s 2-year-old son, James Harrison III, spent six days in a children’s hospital after the family dog, a pit bull, bit the boy on the thigh. There appears to be no permanent muscle or nerve damage from the dog bite.
Also injured were the bitten boy’s mother and Harrison’s massage therapist. The latter’s dog bite injury required a medical visit and stitches.
The dog bite incident reportedly occurred when the dog, outside of its pen, became agitated by the boy’s crying. The mother and massage therapist were injured when attempted to remove the attacking dog from the child. According to Harrison, the pit bull had not attacked before.
The pit bull, named Patron, was taken to Animal Control where the animal will be kept in quarantine for 10 days and then put down. Harrison wishes for the pit bull to instead be spared and find a new home with security sufficient to prevent the dog from attacking.
Harrison, famous for his two Super Bowl wins since being drafted to the Steelers in 2002, made news outside the sports arena when he refused to visit the White House with the rest of his Super Bowl XLIII-winning teammates.
Over 1,000 U.S. emergency room annually are from dog bites. Severe dog bites can require weeks of costly hospital treatment and worked missed. Bites on the face or hands or legs can require sutures (stitches) and can leave scars.
If a dog bite injury has left you facing outrageous medical bills or has affected the quality of life of you or another and would like to seek compensation, contact the Higgins Firm’s Dog Bite Division of our Nashville, TN personal injury law offices.