Usually, dogs are friendly creatures that make excellent companions. However, dogs can also bite. Here are the most frequently asked questions about dog attacks and dog bite injuries.
Dogs can bite or attack without warning. However, some of the most common reasons a dog will attack include:
If a dog attacked you and you incurred any lost wages or medical bills as a result of the incident, you may have a case even if your injuries are minor or the dog never actually bit you. Psychological damages may also be compensable depending on your case.
Typically, the owner of the dog is responsible for the injuries and property damage that their dog causes.
If the dog is at a veterinarian’s office and a vet tech gets bit, their employer may be responsible for damages if they failed to provide a safe working environment.
If the dog is in the care of an animal shelter or humane society, the city, town, or privately run shelter may be at fault.
If you don’t know who owns the dog that bit you, it may be more difficult to obtain compensation in a dog bite claim or lawsuit. It may be possible to track down the owner or responsible party with the help of an experienced dog bite law firm.
No. Litigation is not always – or even often – necessary to receive the full and fair settlement you deserve after being attacked by a dog.
Usually, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company is the entity that pays for the claim. This makes it easier for people who were attacked by their friend’s or neighbor’s dog to obtain the financial restitution they need.
How much financial compensation you can obtain depends on many factors, including the severity of your injuries, medical treatments that were needed, any permanent scarring (especially on the face), psychological trauma, and if the victim is partially or fully disabled and either no longer able to work in the manner they once did or at all.
If you can reach a settlement agreement with an insurance company, this could take just a couple of months. If you need to pursue litigation, your final settlement could take multiple months or even more than a year.
A dog bite lawyer who has a proven track record of success with dog bite cases can be an invaluable asset in a dog bite case. Your attorney can help you identify responsible parties, calculate current and future damages, and advocate for your best interests throughout every step of your case.
Were you or a loved one viciously attacked by a dog? Mazow | McCullough, PC can help. Call today for a consultation at (855) 693-9084.