Dog bites happen. Surveys show that it is one of the most common injuries that occur in America and everywhere else in the world. Unfortunately dog bites also have really disastrous consequences if proper care is not taken of the bite. Dog bites also tend to be a huge loss to the victim itself. Sometimes irreparable damage is done to the victim that needs surgery to fix.
Nothing in this world is free. All these things come at a huge cost. Surgery and cure for the dog bite can be expensive. All these things might not even be compensated by insurance companies if you don’t know how to deal with the legalese, and the odds are that you don’t. This is why you need a dog bite attorney to help you out.
An attorney for a dog bite might seem preposterous, but keep in mind that you aren’t trying to sue someone for a mere dog bite, the attorney is only there to help you get your just dues.
Here, are some frequently asked questions about the legal claims you can make.
Do I have a claim for a neighbor's dog biting me?
Yes or no. This depends on the state where you live. Some states impose the liability of the dog on the owner, in which case the owner is responsible for everything his dog does. In some other states you have to prove that the neighbor knew that his dog was dangerous and failed to warn you on time.
A stray dog bit me. Do I have a claim?
The answer is no. Municipalities are not responsible for the stray dogs that they have captured. The only way you can have a claim on a stray dog biting is if it was in a pound and then somehow managed to escape and bite you. In this case you can argue that it was the irresponsibility of the dog pound owners that led to you being bit and you can thus have a claim against them.
Do I have a claim if I was working in a house and the owner’s dog bit me?
If you are working in the house, and the property owner has a dog on the property and it bites you, then you most likely have a claim against the property owner. Keep in mind that it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the safety of the employee.
Hence you can say that a claim can be made.
What about a police dog biting me?
This depends on the circumstance. The law enforcement cannot use force to make an arrest, and using a dog as part of an arrest is definitely a violation of that rule. You have a claim if this is what happened to you.
Who should I consult?
There are several law firms in your area that specifically provide you the service of attorneys for dog bites. You should consult with them about a dog bite claim.
What should I expect?
Don’t expect a court case as a majority of lawsuits are generally settled out of court. A good attorney who knows what he is doing will get you a settlement that is well worth what you are owed efficiently.
Hopefully this article helps clear some doubts you might have regarding attorneys for dog bites.