Dog Bite Attorney

Dog attacks can equate to serious injury for victims. In some cases, the dog bite victim may be able to file a lawsuit to gain financial compensation for medical bills, missed work, and pain and suffering. The eligibility and process for filing a dog bite lawsuit depends heavily on the state in which the dog attack occurred. For this reason, dog attack victims who wish to file a lawsuit should seek the representation of a qualified dog bite attorney. A dog bite attorney can help to navigate state laws, collect documents and evidence, and guide dog attack victims during the entire legal process.

Dog Bite Attorney Role

A dog bite attorney will guide and assist the dog bite victim in virtually all parts of the legal process, from initial consultation to case resolution. When a dog bite victim first consults with an attorney, the dog bite attorney will gather as much information as possible to determine if the case is viable in court. If the case is viable, the dog bite attorney will determine the best course of action and build the case as thoroughly as possible.

A dog bite attorney will collect the following information to build the dog bite case:

  • Pertinent information surrounding the dog bite incident
  • The patient’s medical bills and records, which may be used to support medical-related claims
  • Patient and witness testimony regarding the incident
  • Expert testimony, if applicable to the case in question
  • Information regarding applicable insurance coverage for the patient
  • Dog bite laws and other relevant laws of the state in which the dog attack occurred

Trial vs. Claim Resolution

After reviewing case details and state dog bite laws, an experienced dog bite attorney will determine the best course of action for the dog bite lawsuit. The dog bite attorney may attempt to take the case to trial or present the case to the appropriate insurance company for resolution outside of court. In many cases, claim resolution outside of court is a faster and easier process than a case trial.

Dog Bite Insurance Coverage

Before selecting the best route for a dog bite lawsuit, the dog bite attorney will evaluate the victim’s insurance to determine whether the victim’s insurance policy will cover the claim. In some cases, the dog bite claim will be covered by the victim’s home insurance if the dog attack occurred on the victim’s property. Likewise, the victim’s auto insurance may cover the claim if the dog attack occurred in the victim’s automobile. If this is not the case, the dog bite attorney will ask for appropriate documentation from the dog’s owner to determine if the owner’s insurance will cover the claim.

 

 

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