Do I Need to Hire A Dog Bite Lawyer?
Dog attacks are a type of personal injury that has unique laws in Texas. Experienced dog bite attorneys can help you determine if you have a case that can be pursued against the dog owner. A dog bite attorney can also help you determine what amount of compensation you deserve for your dog attack case.
How much is a dog bite lawsuit worth?
Dog bites happen every day in Texas. Dog bites account for over half of all animal-related injuries in the country. When calculating the amount of compensation a person deserves for dog bite injuries, the amount of the medical bills you incur will be an important factor. For example, a person who requires a $150 urgent care visit, and no additional medical treatment, will usually receive less compensation than a person who needs extensive treatment and several surgeries to repair the injuries that resulted from the bite.
In addition to medical bills, a dog bite injury victim may also receive compensation for any other expenses and damages caused by the bite. In some cases, a person who is taking prescription medication to help with the pain or other symptoms may be able to recover money for the cost of refills. Additionally, if the dog bite victim missed work because of their injuries and lost wages as a result, it can be considered an economic loss that will be compensated.
As far as an actual dollar amount, the cost of a dog bite injury is usually based on how severe the injuries are. A minor bite that doesn’t produce any scarring and doesn’t require very much medical treatment will result in a smaller settlement or jury verdict than a dog bite that causes scarring, significant medical treatment or surgeries, missed work, etc.
Do I Have A Valid Animal Attack Case?
Allbee Law Firm provides free consultations to animal attack victims. During your free consultation, we will discuss the events that led up to the dog bite, the dog owner’s negligence,, and the liability that the dog owner will be facing.
One of our dog bite attorneys will also ask questions that will help us get a better understanding of your injuries, the medical attention you received, the amount of medical bills you incurred, and the amount of pain and suffering you endured. When we have all of this information, we will be in a better position to help you determine the amount of compensation you deserve from the dog owner’s insurance company.
Should I Sue After A Dog Bite?
We’ve handled many dog bite cases through the years. As experienced trial lawyers, we know how important it is to prepare every case as if it will go all the way to trial. We have found that being prepared for trial is a win/win situation. Our preparedness helps motivate the insurance company to pay our client a fair amount of compensation or it helps us have a favorable outcome at trial.
Before filing a lawsuit, we always set up an insurance claim and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement. If we do not receive a fair settlement offer, we are willing to walk the walk and file suit. So, no, you don’t need to file a lawsuit for every injury case, nut a lawsuit might become necessary at some point.
Can I Sue My Neighbor For A Dog Bite?
In order to win a lawsuit against your neighbor, you will need to show that your neighbor was negligent with how they handled and controlled their dog. If we can present evidence that you were injured in a dog attack because the dog owner didn’t act like a reasonable person, then we will have the evidence that is needed to prove your case.
What Will A Dog Bite Lawyer Do For Me?
An experienced dog bite lawyer will start by investigating your dog bite personal injury case by investigating the facts of your case. This can involve speaking with the dog owner, getting copies of medical bills and records, getting copies of reports and documentation from animal control and other involved agencies.
Your dog bite lawyer will also provide guidance regarding ways you can document your injuries in a way that will resonate with an insurance adjuster or jury. This can include keeping a journal or documenting your injuries with pictures or videos.
Once you’ve recovered from your dog bites, the attorney will send a demand package to the insurance company that provides coverage for the dog owner. Next, dog bite lawyers will go back and forth with the insurance adjuster to see if an agreement can be reached. The settlement offer will need to be enough to compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other harm that you incurred.
Dog bite lawyers will then help you complete the paperwork that is necessary to close your case out properly, or a lawsuit will be filed if a fair settlement offer is not received.
A lawsuit will be filed by your dog bite lawyer if the insurance company is not paying you enough money for your medical bills, medical records, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The attorney will provide the appropriate documents to the opposing attorney and the court. You will also receive guidance and preparation before you participate in a deposition, mediation, and trial.
What Happens If The Dog Owner Is Uninsured?
Texas law makes it difficult to hold uninsured dog owners accountable for dog bites. In these situations, dog bite victims can sometimes work out a payment plan with the dog owner. It’s also worth looking into the assets of a dog owner because some people will have enough assets to pay you even if they don’t have home owner’s insurance. This type of research is something that an experienced dog bite lawyer can help with.
How Much Does a Dog Bite Lawyer Cost?
Personal Injury lawyers represent people on a contingency fee basis. This means that the personal injury you hire will receive a portion of the settlement or jury verdict they help you receive. Contingency fees make it possible for everyone to hire a personal injury attorney because nobody needs to pay for a dog bite lawyer out of their own pocket.
The contingency fee is 33.33% of the settlement if your case is resolved without filing a lawsuit The contingency fee increases to 40% if your case is settled after a lawsuit is filed but before the case goes to trial. Cases that go to trial have a contingency fee of 45% of the amount that is paid for your dog attack injuries.
Call Us For A Free Consultation For Your Dog Bite Case
We provide free consultations for people who have been injured in dog attacks. We can meet face-to-face at our office in Arlington, Texas or we can discuss your case over the phone. The consultations are free and there will be no pressure for you to hire our firm. Call us at (817) 244-6453.