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Dog Bite Lawyers

Have you or someone you love been attacked by someone else’s dog?

In many households, dogs are considered a part of the family, offering companionship and protection. However, dog ownership also comes with the responsibility of preventing attacks or bites by the pet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 4.5 million dog bites every year in the United States. These attacks can cause serious physical and emotional trauma for the victim.

Dog owners may be held responsible if their dog attacks another person.

In most cases, a dog bite victim must prove that the dog owner was aware of the dog’s aggressive behavior or it had been bitten someone in the past, or that the dog owner was negligent in the handling of the dog which resulted in the attack.

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The “One-Bite” Rule

In 18 states across the country there is a “one-bite” rule that protects dog owners from liability for his or her dog’s first bite. However, even with this rule, if the victim can prove that the dog owner was negligent and directly responsible for any injuries caused by the dog attack, regardless of the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s “vicious propensities,” they can pursue a claim against the owner for compensation.

Dog Owner Negligence

In order to be successful in your dog bite lawsuit you must be able to prove that the dog owner was negligent, or failed to exercise reasonable care and caution, when handling their pet.

Examples of dog owner negligence include:

  • Failing to properly secure a fence or gate
  • Allowing the dog to roam freely

States with the One-Bite Rule:

Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
Georgia
Idaho
Kansas
Mississippi
Nevada
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon
South Dakota
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Wyoming

States with the One-Bite Rule:

Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
Georgia
Idaho
Kansas
Mississippi
Nevada
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon
South Dakota
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Wyoming

Dog bites account for one-third of all homeowners’ liability insurance claims.

When the dog owner is a friend or family member.

Following a dog attack, many victims are reluctant to pursue compensation because the dog owner is someone they know, whether a neighbor, friend or family member. The last thing you want is to ruin a relationship over money.

However, it is important to understand that in most situations the dog owner will not be paying you directly. Dog bites are typically covered under a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy and the dog bite lawsuit is filed against the owner’s insurance company, not the person you know.

From lost wages to medical bills, you shouldn’t have to face the financial burden of a dog bite injury that was someone else’s fault.

Your next steps are critical after a dog bite.

Following a dog bite or attack, it’s imperative you contact one of the experienced dog bite lawyers at McDonald Law Firm as soon as possible. We will immediately begin to investigate the incident on your behalf. This may include taking pictures of the scene and your injuries and interviewing any witnesses of the attack or others who are familiar with the dog’s behavior. Dog owners may take steps to limit their liability, like repairing a broken fence, so we encourage you to contact our office quickly so that we can begin preserving any potential evidence.

Recovering Damages in a Dog Bite Lawsuit

At McDonald Law Firm, starting from the day you hire us, our team of dog bite lawyers will begin to determine the full extent of your damages. We will gather evidence and data to calculate the amount of money needed to pay for these damages and your injuries.

Injuries resulting from a dog attack can include:

Facial disfigurement
Eye injuries
Broken bones
Nerve damage
Serious infection
Emotional trauma

Diseases that can result from a dog bite:

Rabies
Capnocytophaga
Pasteurella
MRSA
Serious infection
Tetanus

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The residual effects of your injury.

In dog bite cases, we hire qualified experts to help explain your injuries and the impact they have on your everyday life. As we have seen many times following a dog bite or attack, plastic surgery may be required to help minimize scarring and disfigurement. We will consult with your surgeon to include any and all future surgeries that may be required.

Has your injury left you unable to perform the job you once had? We will include lost wages and/or lost earning capacity when determining the full extent of your damages.

Other recoverable damages for your dog bite injuries may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs

Deadlines apply for dog bite lawsuits.

Every state has a deadline for filing a lawsuit, called the statute of limitations. Typically a dog bite is considered a personal injury lawsuit, which in most states is required to be filed within two years of the date of the accident. In dog bite lawsuits, the time limit will begin from the date the dog bite occurred.

If you fail to file your lawsuit within the required time limit, you may lose your right to recover damages. It’s imperative to contact an experienced dog bite lawyer quickly in order to preserve your potential right to pursue compensation for your injuries.

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?

McDonald Law Firm handles all dog bite cases on contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we recover a monetary award for you. To schedule your initial consultation and get your questions answered, contact us today at 877-803-2897 or complete the form on this page.

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From obtaining medical records to learning about the history of the dog, when you hire McDonald Law Firm our litigation team will immediately start working to build the strongest case on your behalf. We understand the financial and emotional strain placed on dog bite victims and their loved ones, and our goal is to recover the maximum compensation that may be owed to you in the shortest time possible.

Let’s talk.

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