Serious dog attack injuries need a dog bite lawyer. Dog bite cases are challenging, often involving medically complex injuries. A knowledgeable attorney can accurately assess and evaluate your injuries. At Falcon Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling dog bite personal injury claims. An experienced dog bite lawyer from our firm will help you navigate the claims process, working tirelessly to recover the damages you deserve. Contact us today for professional representation for your claim.
Consulting an experienced dog bite lawyer often means the difference between a denied and successful claim:
For example, medical records may state that a victim sustained deep lacerations and puncture wounds to the face and hands. However, the records cannot express:
A skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyer will express your pain and suffering in a way that any reasonable individual can relate to and understand.
Due to the unique nature of each dog bite case, it is difficult to arrive at a calculation for the average worth of a lawsuit. In general, such cases will cover various expenses such as medical expenses, hospital bills, and other costs.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from a dog bite incident, it is important to have a skilled attorney represent your best interests. When insurance companies release data exploring recent increases in claim payouts, it is inevitably followed by a struggle to reduce costs.
Without representation, an insurance adjuster may employ tactics to minimize the compensation you deserve. At the Falcon Law Firm, LLC, we have represented numerous dog attack victims and helped them recover damages, including:
Every dog bite claim is unique and may qualify for damages different from the above. An evaluation from one of our dedicated dog bite injury lawyers can help you determine the true value of your case.
A dog bite case can settle in three months, or it may take over a year or more. Dog bite incidents are challenging and involve many complex factors, including:
One defense commonly employed by dog owners is that the victim provoked the dog. If a dog attacks after being teased, harassed, or abused, liability may be affected. An argument over liability can often draw out a case when there are no witnesses to the attack.
Most dog bite cases do not go to court and are settled by the insurance company. In many cases, dog bites occur around familiar dogs. Neighbors, relatives, and friends may have dogs that are typically friendly and mild-mannered. However, in an instant, a friendly visit can turn chaotic.
Though dogs are touted as being “man’s best friend,” they are still animals and are capable of unpredictable behavior. For instance, suppose you are throwing an annual barbeque and inviting friends from around the neighborhood. A dog you have known since it was a puppy suddenly snaps at your child, causing deep wounds to their face and arm.
With an estimated 4.5 million dog bites occurring each year, the above scenario is highly likely. The probability your neighbor’s insurance company will settle out of court is also likely:
Although the dog had no history of violent behavior, an insurance company may risk losing more by going to trial than settling out of court.
Each insurance company is different with regard to how much they might pay for a dog bite injury. However, if the claim is higher than the insurance limits, a dog owner may be responsible for the difference.
It is important to note that insurance companies may have a clause that will not insure certain breeds. Some insurance companies refuse to cover pit bull attacks due to frequency and severity.
Pit bulls are responsible for more dog bites, dog attacks, and dog attack fatalities than any other breed in the world. Over 16 years, pit bulls were responsible for 67% of dog bite fatalities.
Additionally, a bite from a pit bull is the most dangerous. Pit bulls have a unique way of attacking and latching on to a victim. Their bite is powerful, often puncturing deep into the muscle. Pit bulls tend to hold their victim and shake, causing catastrophic damage. Bites from pit bulls are compared to shark attacks due to the extensive damage.
If you have been injured by a dog bite, it is crucial to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
No, in general, if you sue over a dog bite the animal will not be put down. A dog owner is liable for your injuries and responsible for preventing any further acts of aggression. If an owner fails to prevent further attacks, they may be required to display warning signs, use muzzles, and keep the animal in a secure and locked enclosure. If a dog continues to demonstrate that they are a danger to society in spite of these precautions, then euthanasia may be ordered.
Generally, you have two years to file a dog bite claim. While states may differ on the statute of limitations for dog bite injuries, most personal injury laws allow injury victims to file a claim within 24 months of the incident.
Whether you’ve sustained puncture wounds, lacerations, nerve damage, crush injuries, scarring, or any other injury as a result of a dog attack, you may qualify for compensation, our firm is here to help. Contact a dog bite lawyer from Falcon Law Firm today to schedule your free case evaluation with our dedicated personal injury claim.
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