It only takes a moment for a dog bite to result in injuries that might lead to permanent scarring or disability. Small children are especially vulnerable to attacks by unsupervised animals, due to their size and inability to react to dangerous situations. If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, it’s important to understand your rights and consult a personal injury lawyer who can help you collect compensation.
What Are Your Rights After a Dog Bite Injury?
The Right to Compensation
Victims of dog bites often face mounting medical expenses, especially if they need ongoing treatment to restore nerve function or reduce scars. After an attack, you have the right to seek compensation for these costs, as well as any lost earnings due to missed work or disability status.
You also have the right to seek compensation for emotional trauma and pain and suffering, as well as other noneconomic damages that may be difficult to quantify. Some jurisdictions also allow the parents, sibling, or other bystanders to seek compensation for the traumatic experience of watching another person be mauled by an animal
The Right to Representation
As with any legal matter, you have the right to hire a personal injury lawyer to guide you through the process and advocate for your interests. Insurance companies often approach victims with a settlement offer they present as final, and animal owners may try to discourage you from finding a good attorney and escalating the case. Even in the face of these tactics, it’s important to remember that the insurer has legal experts working on their behalf, and you deserve the same vigorous representation. Having an experienced negotiator on your side can help you secure a fairer settlement.
If you’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog, the legal team at Jones & Jones PC Attys At Law in Andalusia, AL, has the specialized experience to help defend your rights. Since 1953, they’ve built a reputation for caring representation and helping accident victims get the representation they deserve. Visit their website now for an overview of their legal services, including family and criminal law, or call (334) 222-3161 to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer today. If you’d like more legal tips and advice, follow the firm on Facebook.
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