Every year thousands of United States citizens suffer dog bite injuries and require emergency hospitalization and medical care. Among the more aggressive breeds causing injuries are pit bulls and Rottweilers. Dog bites and attacks can lead to serious injuries to both adults and children, causing maiming, permanent scarring and resulting in fatalities. The more vulnerable victims are young children. Never approach a dog that is unfamiliar, particularly a dog that is tied, chained or confined.
Under the law, the owner of the dog is responsible for your injuries. In most cases there will be coverage for your damages under certain policies of insurance such as the owner’s homeowners policy. However, the next hurdle is to get you the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies and their adjusters will attempt to minimize your injuries and try to settle your case for much less than you are entitled. An experienced attorney can maximize your recovery.
If you are bitten by a dog:
- Obtain the names of witnesses and the dog owner;
- Seek medical attention immediately;
- Report the attack to animal control;
- Photograph your injuries;
- Do not surrender a statement to the owner’s insurance company;
- Contact an experienced lawyer
Our office is experienced with dog bite injuries and animal attacks and will obtain a fair recovery for your injuries and damages. These cases are handled on a contingency-fee basis which means that if there is no monetary recovery, no attorney’s fees are charged. For a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Thomas R. Nigro.