Arlington Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog attacks are a type of personal injury with unique laws in Texas. An experienced Arlington dog bite lawyer can help you determine if you have a case that can be pursued against the dog owner. An Arlington dog bite attorney can also help you determine what amount of compensation you deserve for your dog attack case.
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How much is a dog bite lawsuit worth?
Compensation for dog bite injuries can include the following types of compensation:
Compensation for the cost of medical treatment related to the dog bite injury, including emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, and medication.
Rehabilitation And Therapy
Compensation for ongoing physical therapy or rehabilitation services needed to aid in recovery from the injury.
Compensation for lost income due to the inability to work as a result of the injury, including any future lost wages if the injury leads to long-term disability.
Pain And Suffering
Compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the injury, including chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
Scarring And Disfigurement
Compensation for any visible scars or disfigurement resulting from the injury, which may require additional medical treatment or surgery.
Punitive Damages (In Specific Cases)
Compensation awarded to punish the responsible party for particularly reckless or malicious behavior that led to the dog bite injury.
No two dog bite cases are exactly the same, so there really isn’t an “average settlement value of a dog bite case.” It’s crucial to hire the right Arlington dog bite attorney so you can have an accurate valuation of your dog bite case as well as someone who can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Factors That Can Impact The Amount Of Compensation You Can Receive
Severity Of The injury
The extent of the physical injury and resulting medical expenses, including any ongoing or future medical treatment needed.
Impact On Your Daily Life
The extent to which the injury has impacted the victim’s ability to work or engage in daily activities, including lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and diminished quality of life.
Scarring And Disfigurement
The extent and visibility of any scars or disfigurement resulting from the injury.
The degree to which the owner or caretaker of the dog is found to be at fault for the incident.
The amount of insurance coverage available to compensate the victim for their losses.
Comparative negligence considers the extent to which the victim may have contributed to the incident, which can reduce the amount of compensation awarded.
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.
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What Will An Arlington Dog Bite Attorney Do For Me?
Investigation And Gather Evidence
An experienced Arlington 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.
Provide Guidance On Building A Strong Case
Your Arlington 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.
Create A Demand Package And Negotiate
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.
Tie Up “Loose Ends“
An Arlington dog bite lawyer 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.
File A Lawsuit And Litigate Your Case
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 Arlington dog bite lawyer can help with.
How Much Does An Arlington Dog Bite Lawyer Cost?
The personal Injury lawyers at Allbee Law Firm represent injury victims 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.