Most of the time dogs are man’s best friend, but sometimes interactions between humans and dogs just do not go the way we expect them to. Whether it is due to a behavioral issue or fear, dogs can bite and cause serious harm. If you are the victim of the dog attack and you believe that the dog’s owner was negligent, then you may be able to sue for compensation. A Memphis dog bite lawyer from our firm might be able to assist you.
When Should a Dog Owner Be Held Responsible for a Dog Attack?
If you are the victim of a dog attack while you are lawfully on public or private property, the dog owner should be held responsible. Dog owners are required to keep their dogs under reasonable control and on their own properties when possible. An irresponsible pet owner is endangering other people.
What Are Some Common Injuries in Dog Attacks?
Dog attacks can vary in severity and cause all kinds of injuries. It’s also important to note that, when you sue for compensation, you do not need to limit the discussion to bites or scratches. A dog can easily knock people down and cause broken bones or even head injuries. Your compensation should address all injuries from the attack, including:
- Cuts and scrapes
- Broken bones
- Damage to eyes
- Concussions and head injuries
A dog attack can also cause psychological trauma and mental health issues. Your compensation should be calculated with that in mind.
When Should I Sue Over a Dog Attack?
Once you have been the victim of a dog attack and you can show that you were not unlawfully present on someone else’s private property, you should act quickly to sue for damages. This is because the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is just one year. If you try to sue after that, the court is likely to throw out your case no matter how much evidence you have.
The time can pass by quickly as you recover and try to get back to your normal routine. This is why we recommend hiring a lawyer. They can take care of the paperwork and ensure that you do not miss out on your chance to pursue compensation.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
A personal injury lawyer can do more than file a lawsuit. Having one on your side when you pursue compensation can be beneficial in many other ways. Your attorney can:
- Gather evidence
- Talk to witnesses
- Defend you from any accusations of wrongdoing, like suggestions that you provoked the dog
- Field settlement offers
- Talk to insurers and other lawyers on your behalf
- Answer any questions you have about the legal process
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you have been injured in a dog attack, do not waste any time. Contact Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC and schedule a consultation today. We would love to tell you more about how our experienced and compassionate attorneys could be of assistance.