Personal Injury: Dog Bites

Dog bites are often not expected by the victims or the owners.  A dog that has never bitten can become frightened and over protective.  It then bites you or a member of your family.  The number of dog bites has reached record high proportions in the United States.  If you are bitten, you need to protect your rights as a victim.  Laws pertaining to animal behavior not only vary from state to state, but city to city as well.

Some states have passed very strict, laws, while others have not. Some states only hold an owner liable if they knew or suspected that their pets would bite.  Although this is true, you do have rights as a dog bite victim.  You do have the right in many states to kill a dog during an attack if necessary.

Make sure to get al information from the owner and any witnesses if you are attacked.  Make sure to seek medical attention and save all information.  If you do not know who the dog belongs to, call the authorities in order to have the dog contained.  Obtain all records about the dog from the owner.  Make sure to take photographs of all injuries that you received during the attack.

One unfortunate fact is that repairing dog bite wounds is considered cosmetic.  Insurance will not cover this.  In order to not pay out of pocket, make sure to file your claim as soon as possible.  Dog owner can be held responsible for your medical bills, lost income, and emotional pain and suffering.  Sometimes a dog owner’s insurance company may cover your costs if the incident occurs on their property.

If you are a victim of a dog bite, you need to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.  They need to be aware of the dog bite laws with your specific area.  They will be the does that will help you protect your personal and financial well-being.

An experienced attorney can help you collect any mandatory legal-medical documents from a plastic surgeon. Your attorney will help ensure that all future surgeries will be covered by your insurance plan.  If this is not done, you will be paying out of pocket.

If you try to represent yourself, chances are you will not be successful.  You need to know how to work with the legal system and your insurance company to help get compensation.

Don’t let a dog bite ruin your life and financial situation.  Find an attorney right away that can help you stand up for your rights and make sure that your medical bills are paid for.  Many dog bites occur due to owners who are careless.  Many people train their dogs to protect or be overly aggressive.  Some dogs end up running loose in the streets.  You should not have to pay for someone else’s negligent pet handling.  Many people have dogs that have been never bitten.  Even though it is hard to blame the owner, you still deserve compensation for your injuries.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE!!!!

Additional Legal Site:  For information on dog bites in Boca Raton, FL visit FloridaInjuryLawyer.org.

Dog Bite And Animal Injury Claims

Incidents involving animals are unfortunately quite common, ranging from simple dog bites, to a kick from a horse or deer running in front of a car.

Particularly here, the law recognises that the innocent party should be compensated. Whilst it might help your case to prove that the animal owner or keeper is to blame for your injury, it is not absolutely necessary.

If an animal has caused an injury by just behaving normally, then usually the keeper is liable. Only if the injured person was ‘wholly’ at fault, will his claim fail.

Dog bite injuries involving children and couriers are one of the most common claims solicitors are asked to advise on. Dogs are territorial or may feel intimidated when approached. If they bite, they are probably behaving normally and their keepers liable to pay compensation.

The Animals Act 1971 recognises this and provides for compensation to be paid without any great investigation into ‘blame’. There does not need to be any council or police involvement in the case for the compensation claim to succeed. The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 can also be helpful here.

Horses can cause very significant injury. Do get advice if you have been injured by a horse.

The sort of questions that we might ask you know regarding the animal include if it had it behaved in the way that caused the injury previously? What is known about it’s temperament? Who was looking after it? Were there any witnesses?

Most animal owners and keepers are insured for such eventualities, whether they be householders, farmers or otherwise working the animal.

If the owner of the animal is not known or the animal is wild, there may be problems however.

If you are considering whether you can bring such a claim, we suggest you seek advise from a specialist solicitor on a true no win, no fee* basis.

Andrew Bowen is the CEO of CityView Media who own and run National Injury Claims, Claim King Accident Compensation, and Accept Direct Car Insurance.

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