Dog bites are dangerous, painful, and costly. The chances of being bitten by a dog in the United States is 2%. That means someone suffers a dog bite in the US every 40 seconds. If a dog has bitten you or someone close to you, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to consult with an dog bite attorney as soon as possible after the dog bite in order to preserve your rights.
Victims of dog bites and wild animal attacks typically endure a variety of injuries from the dog bite or wild animal attack, including physical, mental, and financial injuries. Indeed, the physical injury (e.g. gashes, scarring, disfigurement) from a dog bite or wild animal attack may even be secondary to the mental injury (e.g. fear of animals, nightmares, anxiety) for the victim. Financial injuries typically include medical bills, loss of income, and the cost of future medical treatment.
There are a number of legal considerations in determining liability in dog bite lawsuits. For example, the owner of a dog or dangerous animal may be held strictly liable for damage resulting from the animal’s trespass on land owned by the victim of a bite, or the owner of a dog or an animal shown to be a prior danger may be held strictly liable for the injuries caused by the dog or animal. Additionally, the owner of a wild animal may be held strictly liable for injuries caused by the wild animal.
Clarkson Law Firm represents victims of dog bites and wild animal attacks. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog or another wild animal, then contact us or fill out our free case evaluation form today.