Whether your injuries were from a dog or any animal owned by another person, you can seek compensation for your damages. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that their animals do not harm others.
Our lawyers have a great deal of experience in handling dog bite and animal attack cases. We will evaluate your case for free and assist in filing your claim against the at-fault party. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients over the years. Contact ASK LLP today to learn more about all of your legal options. You can reach us at (877) 746-4275.
How Are Owners Responsible When a Dog Bites?
Dog bites occur due to a combination of reasons. There is much debate whether or not dog breed has any factor in biting, but some of the reasons why dogs bite are:
- Poor training
- Abuse or prior history of dogfighting
- Teasing or threatening the dog
- To protect itself or its puppies
Regardless of why dog bites occur, it is up to the owner to ensure that they do not happen. If a dog is known to fight or has a prior history of violence, its owner must be responsible for all of its actions.
Similar to dog bites, animal attacks across the board operate under the same principle. Owners need to be mindful of their pets and watch for any signs of potential violence.
Pursuing Compensation for Damages
A dog bite or animal attack can leave you with lots of financial damages.
Medical expenses are extremely expensive. Even if you have insurance, you could still face a large medical bill ranging in the thousands of dollars depending on your injuries’ severity.
For example, something as standard as a rabies shot can cost anywhere between $1,200 to $6,500 and costs roughly $245 to $510 million annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
You can get all of your medical expenses covered when you seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. Do not choose between going into debt or getting adequately treated for your injuries.
Pain and Suffering
Dog bites and animal attacks hurt. You can face chronic pain throughout your life after receiving medical attention, depending on how bad you got injured. In addition, you can also suffer psychological trauma and develop a phobia or PTSD that impacts your enjoyment of life.
This type of damage does not have a set value. With the help of an attorney, you can assess how much this damage is worth and how much you can receive in compensation.
Scarring and Disfigurement
Do not underestimate the strength of dogs or any animal for that matter. They are more than capable of doing lots of damage to you once they feel threatened or angry. Animal attacks, especially dog bites, often result in permanent scarring or heavy disfigurement in severe cases.
Scarring and disfigurement affect everything about you both psychologically and physically. You may not feel the same, and you may feel shame as a result of your injuries. You can get financially compensated for the anguish you feel after an animal attack.
Depending on the state you live in, there may or may not be a one-bite rule. This rule essentially states that dogs and sometimes other animals are allowed one bite if they were not previously violent. Essentially, the owner is immune to any legal action should their pet bite another person.
The one-bite rule was at one point the standard everywhere across the country, but now the only states that still follow it include:
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
If you live in any other state, the one-bite rule does not apply and you can hold the owner responsible. The only way you can hold the owner responsible for a dog bite in the one-bite states is if this was not the first time the dog bit someone or other circumstances involved that contributed to the negligence.
The Statute of Limitations for Dog Bites
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) estimates that over five million people are bitten by dogs each year. Claims for injuries from dogs or animals fall under personal injury claims.
In many states, you usually have anywhere between two to four years to file. It is best to file as quickly as possible right after your accident. Do not let evidence deteriorate or give time for the defense to prepare against you.
Get in Touch with a Lawyer Today
With over 40 years of service, we have helped thousands of clients reach their settlements. Our team of lawyers has the knowledge and experience to aggressively negotiate your claim with the insurance company and will not hesitate to fight for you in court. For a free consultation, contact ASK LLP today at no risk to you at (877) 746-4275.