Dog Bite Attorney
A dog bite attorney represents you in court and pursues compensation for injuries suffered from an attack of a dog. These injuries can be from the dog biting, attacking or knocking you over. The attorney can better assure you that you will be getting the best possible compensation for your case. In cases where you rather come to a settlement agreement with the insurance companies rather than taking it to court, an attorney can assist you in receiving the best possible compensation amount there as well.
Choosing to represent yourself in cases regarding compensation provides a much larger risk in getting a low compensation amount if you are not familiar with all laws of your area. An attorney can navigate you through the process of a lawsuit if you do decide to take the matter to court as the laws of the states vary. There are three types of dog bite lawsuits including:
- Aggressive Incident – This is where the dog intentionally bites or attacks the victim.
- Non-Aggressive Incidents – This can happen when the dog is playing and gets too excited and may bite or jump on the victim without thinking and cause injury.
- Dog on Dog Incident – This is where a dog is bitten or attacked by another dog.
What to do after a dog bites or attacks you
Right after you are bitten or attacked by a dog and have gotten medical attention, it is important to get started on documenting the case as soon as you can by filing a dog bite report, taking photos of your injures and the place it happened, details of witnesses, costs of medical bills and the contact information of the dog owner. The more evidence you can gather the more likely you are to receive a larger compensation.
Your lawyer will help you in collecting and presenting this information in court. The reason it is important to begin documenting the incident relatively soon is that a Statute of Limitations is set for each state. This means there is time-period in which you may be compensated for your incident and cannot be requested after the time-period is over. This is generally two to three years.