Dog bites can cause some serious injuries that include scars, disfigurement and even death. Unfortunately, dog bites are a relatively common occurrence in the US; bout 4.7 million people each year get bitten. Of that number, at least 800,000 need medical care which may involve stitches and corrective surgery. Many of the people bitten are children.
For those who have been bitten, you do have legal rights. The facts are that people who own dogs, care centers, landlords and even former dog owners may be held liable for bite wounds. If you don’t know if you have a case, speak to a personal injury lawyer to find out. An experienced, caring personal injury attorney will provide you with the advice you need to make decisions about how to move forward.
Most domesticated dogs aren’t violent; most don’t bite – however – there are always exceptions to any general rule. Dogs may bite when they are afraid of something, are trying to protect their people or property, are backed into a corner, thinking they have no other options, when they are startled awake, when they are eating, if they are trying to be dominate a victim, or have been chained up 24/7/365 and/or mistreated.
If you are bitten and file a lawsuit, you may be able to claim for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages, among other things. Your lawyer will be able to tell you what you may qualify for when the suit is filed.
And, if you find your increased medical bills and ordinary expenses are causing you financial stress while you await resolution of your case, you might want to check out whether lawsuit funding is available to assist you. To those who qualify, litigation funding will enable a dog bite victim to wait for an equitable verdict or settlement. This means they don’t have to take just any old offer that comes along. Most offers you receive in the beginning of your case are lower than the actual value of your case; a lawsuit cash advance will let you decline the offers and just wait for justice. Legal finance payments can be in your hands within 24-48 hours and if you lose your case, you do not have to pay the money back. The application process is simple and free; the advice is priceless.