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Injured By a Vicous Dog Attack?
You may be entitled to significant compensation.
Our attorneys successfully pursued claims on behalf of victims of dog bites, whether by negotiations with their owners’ insurance companies or in court. We know about statutes passed to protect our dog bite victims’ rights, and we understand that acting swiftly after a pet attack is critical in protecting those rights. In addition, an immediate investigation can help determine responsibility for the bite and determine if insurance coverage applies.
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, it is essential to contact an attorney right away to find out more about your legal options. In addition to filing dog bite claims, our attorneys are experienced in other areas of the law, including medical negligence, motor vehicle accidents, and more. Please fill out our free, no-obligation case review form today to see how our attorneys might be able to help. Then, call (888) 491-0444 to determine your legal options if a dog has injured you or someone you love.
When you hire us, we will fight to make sure that you get the monetary compensation that you deserve for the pain and suffering that you have suffered. We believe in holding people accountable for their negligent actions.
In the United States, over five million people are attacked by dogs annually. While most result in minor injuries, about 800,000 victims require medical treatment, and about 40 die yearly, according to DogsBite.org, a nonprofit organization. When a dog bites someone, his teeth can easily break the skin and injure tissues, muscles, tendons, and nerves. In addition, it is a traumatic experience and can hurt your perception of that specific breed or dog for the rest of your life.
Filing a claim with your dogs’ owners insurance company might seem like an easy thing to do. Still, to get as much compensation as possible, you should retain an experienced lawyer to examine your case before filing. An attorney can assist with your claim in ways you might not have expected. An attorney is not just someone who writes letters or stands beside you in court; we are advocates, and our job is to assist you in every way possible in getting your claim approved and paid. We have decades of experience with the laws surrounding dog attacks. We know the details of the whole process, and we can use this knowledge to ensure your case is timely in proceedings due to expensive mistakes.
We have done it ur before and know the best ways to prepare and file your claim. We have seen it all, dealing with various injuries and insurance companies. We can leverage this wealth of experience to help you avoid rookie mistakes and legal pitfalls that can delay an injury claim or have you denied it based on technicalities. Doing things the right way the first time is essential.
Because every state has a statute of limitations, if you and your insurance company cannot agree on a settlement, there is a limited time in which you can bring suit. Attorneys and law firms build a reputation over time, which can be a powerful tool. You need to think about this in terms of the insurance adjuster: If they get a letter well written that asks for a person’s compensation, they are going to assume you are handling this matter on your own and will proceed accordingly, delaying your request, denying or minimizing the amount of the settlement any way that they can. If they get a request letter from a well-respected personal injury law firm, they need to adjust their response.
Hiring an attorney to help you file a lawsuit lets them know that you are taking the process seriously and that you plan on getting the compensation to which you are entitled. They will think twice about delaying or denying your claim if they know you have an attorney on the side. Insurance companies and adjusters work with one directive: Protect your bottom line. They will make extra effort to shield their customers from responsibility and prevent insurance companies from paying a single dollar to claimants, including using methods that are either dubious or outright dishonest.
After you have initially filed a claim, they will likely immediately get back to you and make you think they are on your side. They might offer to pay a lump sum right away. Saying that they understand that dog-biting can be challenging, they are hoping that you do not notice the amount that they are offering is much lower than what you asked for. They might tell you it is not necessary to get an attorney, or they might ask why you would want to split the generous sum offered with an attorney when you could have taken it for yourself.
A reasonable attorney will recognize these actions for what they are: Manipulative strategies designed to convince you to give up on the lawsuit against their client. Therefore, you must retain legal counsel as soon as your dog hits you before talking with any insurance adjuster. They will begin immediately denying or undercutting your claims, and you deserve to have someone fighting for you who knows those tactics and how best to fight back.
We can help you make your case more powerful. An Injury Compensation Claim is designed to make amends for any harm you suffered from your dog’s bite. It applies not only to medical bills or property damages — compensation is meant to cover noneconomic losses, too. This means you can seek compensation for pain, suffering, or emotional distress. This compensation is designed to help you cope with the trauma of your experience and regain your peace of mind and well-being.
When you retain an attorney to help, we can evaluate your case and help you achieve the compensation amount that will fully rebuild your life — not just an amount to cover the cost of your hospitalization or treatment. For example, suppose a dog bit you or a family member, and the injuries were severe enough to require hospitalization and cause you to seek compensation via a personal injury lawsuit. In that case, you have a lot on your mind. However, dealing with the medical bills, the trauma of the accident itself, and having to fight insurance companies trying to downplay your experience, can be overwhelming and make you question whether or not pursuing an injury claim is even worth the added effort.
When you retain a lawyer to take on your case, we can handle all of the casework related to your lawsuit so that you can return to your life. We will investigate the accident, collect evidence and documents, talk with witnesses, and take calls from insurance companies. We may bring it all to the courts.
Insurance companies make some calculations when you claim to get compensated. First, they need to decide whether they can get away with offering you a low settlement and keep you from taking your case to trial. When you hire an attorney, that equation changes significantly.
It is costly to bring a case to court. Even if they think they will protect their clients against liability in an open courtroom, they will still need to invest money and resources. The costs of litigating and paying the court’s fees are often more costly than reaching an equitable settlement, tilting the odds in their favor. Having an attorney help, you pursue your claims may ultimately pay off.
Attention Dog Bite Victims.
Essential steps you must take if a dog has bitten you.
Seek medical attention in emergency rooms or urgent care facilities. If needed, dial 911 for emergency personnel to take you away from the scene or have a friend or family member take you. If a stray dog is mauling you, block off the way the dog is running away or figure out a way to confine them in an area to prevent him from running off and harming others.
If you know the owners, inform them their dog attacked you and obtain their contact information. If you are at a public property, request a manager’s opinion and make a report of the incident. In addition, ask for their name, telephone number, and information about the company’s liability insurance.
Call the police or Animal Control. If needed, dial 9-1-1 or Animal Control. If injuries are severe, law enforcement must get involved.
Dangerous breeds with histories of attacking humans should not be under an owner’s control. You may want to claim on your insurance to get damages from the dog’s owner or the insurance company for the property where the sting occurred. A dog bite falls into the premise liability category, meaning that a property owner may be held financially liable for injuries.
Contact our attorneys at (888) 491-0444. Getting legal representation increases the chances that you will get a settlement. If you decide to take on a case on your own, you run the risk of walking away with far less or no money.
When you make an insurance claim, an insurance adjuster will look at various factors and the evidence you present to determine the amount of money you could be eligible to receive.
Generally, the more serious your injury, the higher your payout will be. For example, if the dog attacks you and you are injured, you can claim the total damage. Punitive damages are usually a result of negligence or an overt act. Unlike economic and noneconomic damages, which compensate the injured victims for their losses, punitive damages seek to penalize the responsible party.
It is not a common form of damage that people get, but it can happen if the circumstances of a situation are downright terrible. If the insurance claims are insufficient, and you feel that the dog owner should be held responsible for their actions leading up to the bite you suffered from the dog, you have a right to do that. To take legal action against a dog owner, you must comply with the state’s statute of limitations for personal injuries. If the statute of limitations has lapsed and you still need to initiate a lawsuit, you might be unable to sue for damages.
You can try taking your case to trial, but a judge will likely reject your claim since you missed the deadline. The statute of limitations laws does have a few exceptions, though. First, you are underage, so the clock starts ticking once you are 18. The responsible party leaves the state for some time, and the clock starts all over again when they return.
A dog owner may have several defenses when sued for dog bite injuries.
The dog was performing his duty as a hunting dog, a police dog, or a guide dog.
Before pursuing an allegation or a lawsuit, be sure that none of the above circumstances applies to your dog bite lawsuit. For example, you may not get anything if you provoked the attack or were on the dog’s owner’s property without authorization.
We will work to get the compensation you need to cover the costs of treatment. We know how much you are struggling; this has been a financial, emotional, and physical burden since somebody’s dog injured you. We want to be your champion, and we want to get the justice you deserve. Schedule your FREE consultation by calling (888) 491-0444 or completing our FREE Case Evaluation Form.
The Law May Limit The Time You Have To File A Dog Bite Claim
Under the legal rule known as “the statute of limitations,” any claim stemming from a dog attack must be filed within a specific period of time, otherwise, the injured person’s legal claims are barred, and their right to bring suit is lost for all time.
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