Dog Bite Help

If a dog bite victim sustains severe injuries that require medical attention, he or she may be able to file a dog bite lawsuit in order to earn financial compensation. Financial compensation in a dog bite lawsuit may cover financial losses such as medical bills and lost wages from missed work. Dog bite victims may also be able to earn compensation for non-financial harm such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of earning capacity. Victims are encouraged to seek dog bite help from an experienced attorney. A dog bite attorney can help navigate the complexities of a dog bite lawsuit to earn the maximum compensation for dog bite victims.

After a Dog Bite

Immediately after a dog attack incident, the patient should attempt to collect as much information as possible surrounding the incident. This may include witness information, the time and location of the dog attack, and photographs of the injuries sustained. Additionally, the patient should file a dog bite report with local law enforcement, which outlines pertinent details surrounding the incident. After the patient receives medical treatment, a dog bite attorney should be contacted as soon as possible to provide legal dog bite help. The dog bite attorney will then analyze the case and determine the best options for case resolution.

Dog Bite Laws

Each state has varying dog bite laws. In many states, the dog’s owner is liable for the dog’s actions, regardless of whether the owner acted negligently or whether the dog had shown previous potential to be dangerous. Some states operate under a “one-bite” rule, which states that a dog bite victim must prove that the dog was a known threat or that the owner acted negligently to compromise the safety of others. Dog bite victims are recommended to seek a dog bite attorney to help navigate state laws and determine which information is necessary for a successful dog bite lawsuit.

Dog Bite Lawsuit

The plaintiff, or dog bite victim filing the lawsuit, is responsible for providing sufficient evidence to prove that the dog owner is legally liable for the injuries sustained during the dog attack. The duty to provide a lawsuit’s evidence is referred to as the burden of proof. The required evidence will depend on the laws of the state in which the dog attack occurred.

In many states, the dog bite lawsuit plaintiff must prove that:

  • He or she was injured during the dog attack
  • The defendant – or party being sued – owns or is legally responsible for the dog
  • The plaintiff did not contribute to the dog attack by provoking or harassing the dog
  • The plaintiff was behaving peaceably in a place that he or she had the legal right to be

Statute of Limitations

Due to each state’s statute of limitations, a dog bite lawsuit should be filed as soon as possible. A statute of limitations imposes a time limit in which a dog bite victim must file a legal claim. If the dog bite victim does not file a claim in time, the victim loses the ability to collect financial compensation for injuries.

 

 

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