Dogs are loving companions in millions of American households. Many of those canines will never bite a human. Still, you can find dogs in every community who are unsafe due to their owner’s neglect or traits that make them more likely to bite. If a dog bite occurs, the resulting injuries can be severe – even deadly. A dog attack also takes an emotional toll on victims and their families which can last a lifetime.
If a dog recently bit or attacked you or a loved one, the experienced dog bite lawyers of Hausmann-McNally, S.C., will protect your rights. For more than 40 years, we have fought for the compensation that dog bite victims and their families deserve. We are ready to go to work for you and handle every aspect of your case.
Unlike some high-volume law firms that will settle for less to close a case, our compassionate legal team is committed to fighting for maximum compensation for each and every client that we serve. We will treat you like a VIP – no matter how big or small your case. To learn more, call or reach us online today and receive a free consultation about your dog bite case.
Determining Liability in a Dog Bite Case Is Not Always Easy
It may seem that a dog bite case is fairly simple. But that’s not necessarily true. For one thing, insurance companies may be quick to make a settlement offer that is far less than what you need to cover the medical expenses, lost wages and other burdens that victims encounter after an attack.
State laws for dog bite cases can also be complex and differ from state to state. Some states operate under the strict liability rule. This means that the dog owner or handler is responsible for injuries regardless of whether they knew the dog had a propensity to bite. Other states may have a “one bite rule.” This rule allows the dog to have essentially one “free bite” if the dog has no prior record of biting.
At Hausmann-McNally, our attorneys understand how dog bite laws work in the states that we serve. We also have the resources to investigate every aspect of your case, including:
- The dog’s history of prior attacks (if any)
- Whether the dog was properly restrained
- Where the bite occurred
- Severity of the injuries
- The degree of the owner’s or keeper’s negligence.
We will identify and collect all evidence that supports your claim, and we will challenge any defenses that the dog owner or keeper tries to argue. For instance, we will be prepared if the dog owner or keeper claims that you trespassed at the time of the attack, or that you provoked the dog. We will always aggressively stand up for you.
What Are Common Dog Bite Injuries?
A dog bite injury can range from mild to catastrophic. Doctors can address some dog bite wounds with minimal medical care. In the worst cases, victims can suffer horrific injuries that include:
- Internal organ damage
- Tendon and ligament damage
- Nerve damage
- Eye injuries
- Emotional distress.
Dog bite cases often lead to significant bills for medical treatment, rehabilitation, surgeries, future operations and nursing care. At Hausmann-McNally, S.C., we can help you to manage your medical bills and gather your medical evidence, which will relieve you of the burden and frustrations which that process often involves. We can also help you to pay your medical bills through health insurance or other coverage, and we can work with your medical care providers to prevent bill collectors from harassing you during your recovery.
Dog bites can be traumatic for everyone involved. A large percentage of dog bite cases involve children as well as parents or other family members who witnessed the attack. Our legal team will consider all aspects of your case and identify all sources of compensation available to you and your loved ones.
Our goal will be to fully calculate your losses and pursue a settlement that provides maximum compensation to you. However, we will be ready to fight for you at trial if that’s what it takes.
Regardless of whether you hire our firm to handle your claim, we can help you to understand your options so you can make an informed decision about your next steps. So, don’t wait to contact us.
What To Do If You or Your Child Has Suffered a Dog Bite Injury
To protect your right to full compensation for your dog bite injuries, you can take a number of important steps. Those steps include:
- Seek medical treatment. A doctor needs to assess your wounds and promptly address any risk of infection. For instance, you may need a rabies or tetanus shot. If you see a doctor, you will also establish a record of the incident that will serve as evidence in your injury claim.
- Gather contact information. If your wounds are not too severe, get the owner’s name, address and phone number as well as the contact information for any eyewitnesses.
- Call the police. If you alert the police about the attack, the police can investigate the circumstances of the incident and document it.
- Take photos. You should get pictures of the dog (if possible), your injuries, clothing and anything else that you believe is relevant to the dog bite case.
- Keep a journal. Record your memories of the dog attack from the beginning and throughout your recovery. Pay attention to your physical injuries as well as your emotional state and the impact on your family members.
- Do not talk with the insurance company. Refer all communications with insurance adjusters to us. The insurance company could take any statements you make and try to use them against you later. Also, you never want to accept a settlement offer until you talk with a lawyer first.
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An initial consultation with the dog bite lawyers at Hausmann-McNally, S.C., is free. During that meeting, we will review the circumstances of your case and discuss all of your legal options. If we work together, we will offer you our No Cost, No Fee, VIP Guarantee. In other words, we will return your case file to you – with no charge and no questions asked – if you are unsatisfied with our services within the first 30 days after you hire Hausmann-McNally for your dog bite case. You will pay no costs or fees unless we secure compensation for you.
Every state has a statute of limitations for dog bite claims and other personal injury cases. So, get started today. Contact us to discuss your case.