It’s a parent’s worst nightmare when something happens to their child and you can’t stop it. Though we do everything we can to protect our children from harm, outside factors are always a risk.
I can’t even begin to tell you how infuriating it is when your child is traumatized due to the recklessness of someone else. My daughter, Emma, is the survivor of a devastating dog attack, and as her mother, my hope is to tell her story and assist others who might be going through something similar.
We live in Nashville, where dogs are expected to be leashed and under the control of their owner when in public places. Seriously, it’s just the responsible thing to do, and if this dog’s owner had their dog leashed, Emma might have avoided the disfiguring injuries she endured after being attacked.
It Should Have Been Another Day in the Park
Centennial Park is always gorgeous in the spring and Emma and I were taking a stroll through the park to see the beautiful flowers and maybe grab some smoothies before we headed to her soccer practice after school that day. Emma was only six when she was attacked, but she was a budding soccer star and loved to be out on the field with her friends and teammates.
Our lives changed for the worse that day in the park. It should have been just another day, but on this day, a dog, I couldn’t even tell you what kind it was, came running up out of nowhere towards us. It wasn’t a friendly run—it was almost as if the dog was rabid and was running blindly in anger . . . something out of a movie, really.
I couldn’t stop it; I watched in horror as the dog latched onto my daughters leg, ripping it apart while I tried everything I could to get it off of her. Emma suffered nerve damage in her legs which now prevents her from being able to play soccer. She wakes up at night screaming from the nightmares of her attack, and I am powerless to help her . . . or am I?
Taking Responsibility for Your Pets
I can’t do anything about Emma’s leg or what happened to her, but I can help her recover and live her best life despite her injury. I’ve decided to reach out to a personal injury attorney in Nashville to fight to have the dog’s owner brought to justice.
This person should be responsible for covering not only Emma’s medical bills, but provide her with compensation for all she’s lost due to their pet’s aggression.