When a dog attacks, its intended victim only has moments to react. A natural initial instinct is to run away from the dog, particularly if it seems unlikely that the victim will be able to fend of an attack. Although fleeing may enable a victim to escape being bitten, the risks inherent in running away from an aggressive animal can cause or lead to other types of injuries.
Lakeya Salaam alleges that she was legally on a dog owner’s property in March of 2012 when the dog suddenly came charging toward her. Afraid that she was going to be bitten or mauled, Salaam began to run away. As she tried to escape, Salaam tripped and fell down several stairs. Although she was not bitten, Salaam was injured in the incident. She alleges that, as a result of her fall, she suffered several injuries, including having multiple teeth knocked out.
Salaam has recently formalized her allegations in a personal injury lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on February 11, 2014. Salaam alleges that the property owner was negligent and, therefore, should be civilly liable for her injuries. Salaam is seeking an unspecified amount of damages related to her injuries.
Although Salaam was injured in the incident, she is lucky that she was able to successfully avoid becoming a dog bite victim. Dog bite injuries can be extremely serious and even deadly. If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, you are already aware of the serious physical and emotional impact of a dog attack. Luckily, legal remedies are available to help restore a dog bite victim. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you bring your claim and protect your rights as an animal attack victim.