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Dog Bite Lawyers

When Do You Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

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.

Our experienced dog bite lawyers will help you navigate the claims process, working tirelessly to recover the damages you deserve. Contact us today at (732) 660-1200 for professional representation for your claim.

How Much Is a Dog Bite Lawsuit Worth?

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:

  • Full compensation for medical expenses
  • Lost wages if you cannot work, including if the lost wages resulting from taking care of an injured child
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Emotional and mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Possible punitive damages for acts of gross negligence

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.

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.

Why Consult Your Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer?

Consulting an experienced dog bite lawyer often means the difference between a denied and successful claim:

  • Attorneys have a greater knowledge of the various dog bite laws and can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
  • Skilled personal injury attorneys can accurately value your claim’s worth, including intangible damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disfigurement. 
  • When an insurance company offers a settlement far below what your claim is worth, a lawyer experienced in dog bite claims can negotiate a fair payout or recover compensation by representing you at trial.
  • Attorneys will gather critical evidence to support that the dog attack was unprovoked and due to its aggressive behavior. Proof can be found in witness testimony, analyzing the history of the dog for any other aggressive incidents, and investigating the owner to see if they took reasonable steps to prevent the attack.
  • Knowledgeable lawyers will evaluate the injuries suffered in the attack from a medical standpoint and relate it on a personal level to a judge and jury. 

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:

  • How the pain is so debilitating that the victim can barely sleep 
  • The psychological damage a victim experiences every time they look at their reflection and fail to recognize their own face due to the facial trauma
  • How the victim feels as they are stared at by bystanders at the grocery store or whispered about on the bus
  • The mental anguish of having to constantly recount and relive the traumatic events to concerned family members, co-workers, and friends

A skilled dog bite lawyer will express your pain and suffering in a way that any reasonable individual can relate to and understand. 

Reach out to the dog bite attorneys at Falcon Law Firm at (732) 660-1200 for a free consultation to discuss your injures.

How Long Does It Take to Settle A Dog Bite 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:

  • The extent of damage from the attack and if there are life-long consequences can drive up the value of a claim and make it less likely for an insurance company to settle.
  • Whether the dog has a history of violence in other attacks on record. In some cases, if the owner has moved, it may be difficult to obtain past records from another county, city, or state. 
  • Whether there were any witnesses to the attack itself or witnesses to the dog’s past behavior that may indicate an aggressive tendency.
  • If the owner claims the dog was provoked, the case will likely be argued at trial. It will take time to gather key evidence to support the attack was unprovoked and that the dog had a history of aggressive behavior. In addition, evidence will be needed to show the owner acted negligently and should have foreseen the possibility of an attack.

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.

Do Dog Bite Cases Go to Court?

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 invite 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:

  1. The attack involved a child in their own backyard 
  2. The attack was witnessed to several guests

Although the dog had no history of violent behavior, an insurance company may risk losing more going to trial than settling out of court. 

 A white-and-orange pitbull terrier dog wearing a humane muzzle while at a snowy park as a safety precaution.

How Much Do Insurance Companies Pay for Dog Bites?

Each insurance company is different with regards 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.

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How Are Your Best Interests Represented by Your Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer?

If you or your child have been injured by a dog, turn to the Falcon Law Firm, LLC. We have an extensive track record of recovering healthcare costs and pain and suffering damages for our clients. 

Since 1995, our personal injury firm has been helping dog bite victims put the pieces of their lives back together. We are honored to provide thorough and effective legal representation for people injured by dog bites and other animal attacks.

Our talented legal team understands that a dog bite can be a traumatic experience for you and your family. We will ensure that you get the support you need by utilizing our various resources and fighting to recover the damages you deserve.

We provide every client with:

  • Close, personal service and attention to detail
  • Award-winning representation, including:
    • Recognition by the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers 
    • Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Recognition by Best Lawyers in America
  • Powerful and aggressive representation

When you need an exceptional dog bite lawyer to help you through this difficult time, contact the Falcon Law Firm, LLC, and schedule a free consultation. You may also call us at (732) 660-1200 to discuss the details of your claim. If our offices are not convenient, our dedicated staff can meet you at your home or the hospital. 

Dog Bite Injury FAQs

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.

Distracted driving cases can be complex and require the support

The danger of rabies from a dog bite is estimated to be a median risk of .00001, according to a recent study. Despite the low risk, humans live in close proximity to dogs and are more likely to be bitten by a canine than other animals who carry a higher risk factor, like skunks and bats. The World Health Organization estimates 99% of all rabies transmissions are due to a dog bite. However, preventing the rabies virus infection is possible with proper wound care:

  • Immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water
  • Pay special attention to rinsing out the wound
  • Seek medical attention

Common types of dog bite injuries are:

  • Puncture wounds, lacerations, and avulsion injuries
  • Crush injuries, including fractures and broken bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Scarring 

Many dog bite injuries lead to infections, including tetanus and rabies. Usually, most dog bites occur around the delicate areas of the face, head, and neck.

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. 

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a dog attack, the dedicated attorneys at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC will help you through this difficult time. Schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your claim by clicking here or calling (732) 660-1200.

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