What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Law and Dog Bites
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean they always behave well. Occasionally someone receives a serious injury from a dog bite. When they require medical attention, the victim may decide to hire a personal injury lawyer.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
A personal injury lawyer assists people who have been hurt through the actions or negligence of another person. With dog bites, the personal injury lawyer may seek to hold the dog’s owner financially responsible. Sometimes the victim can receive compensation from the dog’s owner even if the dog had never injured anyone before and the owner was unaware that the dog was likely to bite someone.
In most instances, the personal injury lawyer must argue that the dog owner was negligent. Negligence on the part of the owner may mean that they left a gate open or didn’t have their dog on a leash in violation of leash laws. A personal injury lawyer may also be able to argue that a dog had a history of being aggressive with people and that the owner did not sufficiently protect others from the animal. The owner may have been negligent through not repairing a fence or failing to latch a gate.
Protect Yourself with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Dog bite victims may be seriously injured. In rare cases, the attack may be fatal. Depending upon the seriousness of the injuries, the victim may have to spend an extended period of time in the hospital. This may mean being unable to return to work for a few days or weeks, and sometimes insurance doesn’t cover all of the medical expenses. Moreover, dog bite victims may experience emotional and psychological trauma that has ongoing negative effects on their life.
While the consequences of suffering a dog bite can be debilitating, a personal injury lawyer can be immensely helpful throughout the recovery process. A personal injury lawyer can bring a claim against the dog’s owner, and this can help to make up for missed wages and medical expenses.
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