If you were the victim in a dog bite attack, you may be able to obtain monetary compensation for your injury. If you are the owner of an animal you may need to obtain a lawyer who works in the field of Civil Litigation. The information on this page is tailored to victims of dog bites.
Who is Responsible for Your Dog Bite?
If you are a victim of a serious dog bite, it is important to be able to recreate the situation which led up to the dog bite attack. It is very helpful to have witness statements, if there are any. You will need to provide all of your medical records relating to the dog bite attack. Your dog bite attorney will help you to establish the scenario which resulted in you being bitten by a dog.
Your dog bite attorney will investigate the situation, review any police reports, gather witness statements and review your medical records. Another important area your dog attack lawyer will handle is to make contact with the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company.
Here are some of the questions which may come up in your case:
Is it a bad dog, or a bad owner?
Was the pet unsupervised?
Did the owner ever have the dog trained properly?
Has the dog been known to be a vicious dog ?
It is the job of your dog bite attorney to lay out the case against the dog’s owner. Establishing liability is a key factor. If it is not your fault, the dog attack lawyer will seek to reach a settlement with the owner’s insurance company on your behalf.
What do you do if you are bitten?
As one of the hundreds of thousands of people who are bitten by dogs in the country each year, it is important to know that there are many steps that must be taken in the time immediately following the dog bite. It is advisable that you consult with a lawyer who has experience in personal injury cases as soon as possible after the incident. Some steps that you can take to assist the lawyer with the case are:
* Take pictures and/or video of all the injuries you sustained
* Record any witness information
* Keep accurate records of lost time and wages
* Keep accurate records of any expense you incur as a result of the injury (medical, chiropractic, etc.)
Who can you sue?
The majority of the time your claim will be against the homeowners’ insurance company of the owner of the dog. It is important to remember that insurance companies have teams of people whose job description is to minimize the company’s financial payouts. Additionally, you may be able to sue the owner of the dog.
In all dog bite matters, it is recommended that you seek professional legal assistance to protect your interests.