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Houston — Woman’s Dead Body Found Covered in Dog Bites

Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 12:49 am by Williams Hart    

At around 8:15 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019, a woman was found dead in the backyard of her home in the 12830 block of Susanna Lane, and she appeared to have multiple dog bites all over her body.

According to Houston Police, officers were conducting a welfare check on Elaine Richman, 66, after she had not appeared for her dog training classes in two days. Upon their arrival on Richman’s residence, they found her dead in her backyard with several dog bites on her arms, hands, and face.

Preliminary autopsy determines that a sharp force injury was the cause of death. Investigators found two adult Doberman pinschers in the house, but did not say whether the dogs were responsible for the bites or Richman’s death.

As of right now, Richman’s death is ruled as an accident, but a complete autopsy is requested to fully determine the cause of her death.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Elaine Richman. Sadly, she is not the only one whose life is taken away by a dog attack. In a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. This can be interpreted as 1 in 69 people getting bitten by a dog annually.

These numbers paint a terrible picture, but according to National Canine Research Council, 81% of dog bites cause no injury at all or only minor injuries that do not require medical attention. In other words, there is only a 1 in 112,400 chance of dying from a dog bite or strike, so more often than not, dying from a dog bite is highly unlikely.

That said, dog attacks can be fatal when they happen, and they can be as complicated as they are devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experts in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of a dog bite/attack, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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