When a dog attacks, injuries to the victim—such as lacerations, bruising, tissue and nerve damage, and infection—can be extensive. While minor injuries may heal on their own with time, a more serious dog bite injury may require costly medical care and treatment.

A Woodsboro, Texas, teenager is continuing to overcome the struggles that are associated with serious bite wounds. According to an article from KRISTV 6 News, the 14-year-old was bitten in the face by a friend’s dog while visiting. The victim sustained damage to her face that required dozens of stitches to repair and now she fears her appearance will be altered for the remainder of her life. She goes back to visit her doctor in several weeks in order to determine if she will need further surgery to correct the damage that was done by the attack.

The visits to different doctors, lengthy hospital stays, and numerous surgeries that can accompany a dog bite injury can be quite costly and it’s an expense a victim who was injured through no fault of their own should bear. The College Station personal injury attorneys at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers explain that under certain circumstances, Texas law allows for dog owners to be held liable for damages their animal may cause during an attack.

We hope these tips will help you to determine the best course of action if you are ever injured as the result of an attack by a dog.