They’re considered man’s best friend, however when someone is attacked and bitten by a dog they quickly realize that they are in need of legal help.
Dog bites may result in physical and emotional injury, medical expenses and possible lost wages if a leave of absence is necessary.
The dog’s owner is held liable for these claims. Time is of the essence and the facts must be verified.
First, it must be determined if the attack was provoked.
An example of this would be if the victim was trespassing on the dog owner’s property and was subsequently bitten. Or, if the victim was in the midst of a crime and was bitten by a dog that was defending his or her owner.
In such situations, it would be very doubtful that the victim of the attack could recover damages for the dog bites since they clearly were at fault. However, if you’ve been bitten and the dog was aggressive, then you have every right to reclaim damages and you should contact a personal injury lawyer to have your case evaluated.
Laws regarding dog attacks vary from state to state. Therefore, you should make certain that the lawyer you contact has a proven history in handling these types of cases.
If the dog owner offers to have their insurance company handle the matter, you might feel a lawyer is not necessary. However, many people find that when their claim is settled, they’ve received a very small settlement while the insurance company profited a great deal.
With a lawyer handling your case, you can rest assured that you will receive a greater compensation than typically provided through an insurance claim.