An attack from a dog can lead to horrific physical and psychological injuries that can do a number on your finances and state of mind. If you are ever attacked, then the following answers will help you determine the next step you should take afterwards to put a dog bite claim:
How do I know my dog bite claim is valid?
The best way to determine this and to determine if you deserve compensation is by taking the case to an attorney who is experienced in dealing with such cases. Remember, you have to prove that you sustained serious injuries from the attack and also that it would have been preventable if the owner was not negligent. This requires evidence which should be presented to the dog owner’s insurance company or in a court.
Can the dog owner hold a trespasser responsible?
While trespassers are usually seen as the guilty party in such cases, an attorney will be the best judge in this regard. If the dog owner wins, then he/she may also ask for damages from the trespasser who would not have been bitten if he/she did not trespass.
What is a leash law?
In most states dog owners are required to keep their dogs on leashes unless they are kept behind a closed fence or indoors. If someone allows their dogs to be off leash and they attack someone, the dog owner will be liable for damages and might even have to pay additional penalties for breaking this law.
Who should I report to in case a dog attacks me?
The first thing you need to do after getting attacked by a dog is to contact your local animal control agency or the police so that you can file a claim immediately.
If I intervene to break up a dog fight and get bitten, who is responsible?
If you intervene in a dog fight to save someone else from injury or to protect another pet, then the owner of the dog will be held liable.
What can I get from a successful dog bite claim?
That differs from case to case but the best way to figure out how much your particular case is worth is by sharing details of the dog fight with local authorities and your attorney. The latter will analyze your claim and evidence closely and this will include your medical bills and the wages you might lose if you are bedridden after the attack. All in all, while calculating damages the following factors will be taken into account:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
- Deformities suffered from the dog attack
Dog bite claim? Call Attorney Javier Marcos
Among others. If you or someone you know is bitten or is mauled by dogs, then neither of you has to suffer in silence. Attorney Javier Marcos can help you get the compensation you deserve from the owner of the animals and this will include everything you had to suffer through. Call 24 hours 713.999.4444