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Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a family member suffered a dog bite, it is essential to understand the legal situation surrounding dog bite cases. Without a clear understanding of the law — and some help from an experienced lawyer — you are likely to be left without the proper recourse for justice and compensation which you are owed.

Dog bite cases can be quite simple, but they still require help from a qualified lawyer in order to be handled properly. With help from the right lawyer, a dog bite case can be rapidly dealt with.

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What is a dog bite lawsuit?

A dog bite lawsuit is a case which results from a dog attacking an individual or another animal. In a typical dog bite lawsuit, the dog’s owners will be held liable for damages caused by the dog, including medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and property damage which resulted from the dog bite.

The outcome of a dog bite lawsuit depends heavily on how the incident occurred. For example, if the dog was provoked by the person who it attacked, the owners of the dog may not be liable for the attack.

But if the attack resulted from the owner’s negligence in leashing or training the dog, they may be liable for large sums.

Because a dog attack is a traumatic incident which can result in serious psychological trauma, the dog’s owners may also be liable for emotional damages and psychological harm caused by the incident.

How To File A Dog Bite Claim

The best way to file a dog bite claim is to seek the help of an experienced and capable lawyer who can provide advice and counsel, handle the filing, and represent you in court or seek a settlement for the lawsuit out of court.

To strengthen your case, you will need to provide tangible evidence of the dog bite incident. This includes things such as:

  • Photos of the injury
  • Photos of the scene or dog
  • Police reports
  • Medical bills
  • Witnesses to the attack
Your lawyer will be able to assist you with any other necessary information and recommend any documents which should be collected to be submitted as evidence in your case.

How Long Does It Take To Settle A Dog Bite
Case?

The length of a dog bite case can vary widely.

As the victim of a dog attack, you should not be too eager to settle the case quickly. Only after you have completed a recovery and had time to assess the total damages including overall medical expenses, recovery time, lost wages, and other factors can you fully assess the damage caused by the attack and the amount of liability which the other party may have.

In the hopes of expediting this process, some defendants will attempt to settle the case as quickly as possible. An experienced dog bite lawyer will be prepared for this possibility and able to advise you on the best time to settle and what your timeline for settling the case may look like.

If the case is settled out of court, it could take only a matter of weeks or months to settle. However, if the case proceeds to a trial, it will depend on the court’s calendar and may take months or even years before it can be heard by a judge.

What Constitutes Provocation Of A Dog Attack?

In some cases, courts have determined that a dog was “provoked” into attacking. In this circumstance, the dog and its owners are not held liable for the attack.

Provocation can take a variety of different forms, such as:

  • If a person initiates the attack or
  • physically harms the dog
  • If a person physically threatens the dog
  • If a person is trespassing on the property of the dog owner
  • If a person is chasing the dog
  • Etc.
Provocation is always determined on a case by case basis and requires the judgment of the court to be determined.

Hire an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer

Without proper legal counsel, you are unlikely to be rewarded the compensation you are owed for a dog bite case.

The defendant may attempt to expedite the case to minimize their expenses in handling bills related to your recovery. They may attempt to rapidly settle for an amount less than what you are entitled to.

You are unlikely to have a complete understanding of the laws and precedents surrounding dog bite lawsuits, which can quickly result in you not receiving the justice or compensation for which you are owed.

Always seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in dog bites. Contact our experienced attorneys today to receive the compensation you deserve.

Dog Bite FAQs

Can someone sues me if my dog bites them?
Yes. Unless your dog was unduly provoked by the person, you may be liable for the damages caused by the dog bite, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering both physical and psychological.
What should I do if I was bitten by a random dog?

Your first step should be to seek medical attention. After tending to yourself, you should attempt to locate the dog’s owners. If there are no owners (i.e. the dog is a stray,) you should report the dog to your local animal control.

What happens if I don’t report a dog bite?

If you do not report a dog bite incident, you will have to pay out of pocket for any damages and medical expenses which result from the incident. You will not be able to pursue legal action against the dog’s owners unless the bite is properly reported and documented.

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