While many people feel that dog is man’s best friend, this is not always the case. Even a well trained, mild-tempered, and generally well-behaved dog can snap and cause injury to a person or another animal. In addition, a loose dog can damage the property of those in the neighborhood, either through digging in the yard, chewing on valuables, or destroying landscaping. If a dog has caused damage to either your property or your person, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner. If you would like to file such a lawsuit, we can help you. We are experienced in dog bite cases and can help you file paperwork, gather evidence, negotiate your case, and get the compensation that you deserve.
In most cases, if a dog causes injury to another animal or a human, the dog’s owner is liable for the injuries. For example, if a child is petting a dog and the dog snaps and bites the child, the dog’s owner is at fault and can be sued for personal injury. Likewise, property that is damaged by a loose dog is the fault of the dog’s owner.
However, there are a few cases in which a dog’s owner is not responsible for the actions of his or her dog, even if the dog causes injury. One such case is if a person is injured by a dog while he or she is trespassing on private property. Because the victim is trespassing and should not be on the private property, any injuries sustained by a dog protecting the property are not the responsibility of the dog’s owner. Another case in which the dog’s owner is not responsible for injuries caused by the dog is if the victim was attacked by the dog because he or she was abusing the dog. The resulting damages in this case are not the fault of the owner.
Filing Your Claim
A dog bite personal injury case is filed just as any regular personal injury case would be. In many cases, you and your lawyer will have a chance to meet with the dog owner and his or her lawyer to negotiate the case. You can provide the evidence that you have gathered, and the other party will provide their evidence. After determining how strong your case is and how strong the other party’s case is, you and the dog owner might decide to settle the case without going to court. If you find that you do not have a strong case and the dog owner has a lot of evidence, settling the case might be in your best interest. You can be partially compensated during the settlement. Just make sure that your lawyer is present to help you determine if you should take your case to court, and if not, to make sure that you make the best deal possible.
If your case does go to court, it means that you believe that you have enough evidence to win or that you were not satisfied with the settlement that the other party offered. A personal injury lawyer can help you make the right choice for your situation.
In order to hold the dog’s owner legally accountable for your injuries sustained by a dog bite or attack, you have to prove that you did not provoke the dog to attack you. You can do this through the use of eyewitness testimony, proving the dog’s history of attacking people, and through other means.
You will also have to prove in court that you truly sustained an injury from the dog attack. You can do this by visiting a doctor after the attack and explaining what happened. In most cases, a doctor will be able to recognize bite marks, and can testify as to the origin of the injury in court. This will prove that the dog is responsible for your injuries, and that by extension, the dog’s owner is responsible for compensating you.
If you are unsure of who is to blame for a dog bite or dog attack, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can listen to your story and tell you if you are at fault or if the dog owner is at fault. Understanding who is truly at fault will help you build your case or decide that it is best to abandon it. We are happy to help you with your dog bite case and give you the information that you need to pursue or abandon your case. If you do have a case, we will do everything in our power to get you the compensation that you deserve. This compensation can include money for:
Prescriptions can be a very large expense after and accident. We can make sure that you are compensated and that you receive the prescriptions your physician prescribes.
Surgery is expensive. So are hospital stays and aftercare. These are expenses that you can seek damages for in your dog bite case. Contact us today.
Everyone knows that medical costs are skyrocketing. Get compensation for your medical bills after a dog bite.
Additional Physical Therapy may be needed in your case. You can ask to be compensated if you to get your health back to normal.
Pain & Suffering
Pain and Suffering are real and have real effects on your life. You should be compensated for pain and suffering resulting from a dog bite. Talk to us to find out how.
Loss of Income
Every day you can not work as result of a dog bite, you deserve to be compensated. Do not let being a victim of a dog bite make you a victim of a financial hardship.
There can be lingering emotional scars long after your body has healed. You should be compensated for the expenses of therapy and get the help you deserve.
Any shock to our routine can cause someone to fall into depression. Get compensated for the toll that being the victim of a dog bite has taken on your emotional state.