More than 800,000 Americans receive medical treatment each year for dog bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have recently experienced a dog bite and want to learn about your legal rights, don't wait, contact us today to find out what your rights are and what your next steps should be. Beurkens Law can help you with these challenges and answer your questions.
While most dog bites go unreported, don’t let this deter you from getting the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma. You have rights in these cases and you need to know what they are. Continue reading to learn why it’s always a good idea to call a dog bite lawyer.
Benefits of Hiring a Dog Bite Attorney
Improve Your Chances
Your chances of getting compensation improve after hiring a dog bite attorney. Most homeowners or renters insurance policies cover dog bites. However, there has been a push from the industry to make it harder for dog owners to get insurance in the first place. If the insurance company is reluctant to cover your claim, a personal injury attorney can be your advocate.
Your personal injury lawyer can help hold the dog owner and insurance company accountable so you can get the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other injury-related expenses.
Understand Your Rights
Most dog bite victims don’t report their injuries. While many dog bites aren’t deep enough to require medical treatment, many people don’t file a claim because the dog belongs to a family member or friend. Other victims simply aren’t aware that their medical bills could be paid by the dog owner’s homeowners or renters insurance policy. A dog bite attorney can help you understand your rights and how to get the compensation you need.
File a Dog Bite Claim
Michigan is a “strict liability” state, which means dog owners are held liable regardless of whether they knew the dog was likely to bite. This means that the dog owner can’t argue that they aren’t liable because they weren’t aware that their dog was dangerous. You also don’t have to prove that the dog owner was negligent to receive compensation.
A dog bite lawyer can help you file your claim with the dog owner’s insurance company.
We can help you prove that:
- Personal injury was caused by dog
- Dog bite was unprovoked
- You were on public property at the time of the bite or on private property with permission
Dogs are considered man’s best friend, which is why emotions run high after someone’s been bitten. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children between the ages of 5 and 9 are especially at risk for. The fact that many dog bite victims are children only elevates the emotion felt by parents and other family members.
Adoesn’t have an emotional stake in the case, which means they’ll be able to think clearly to help you get the compensation you need. For example, your attorney can explain to the dog owner that the claim will be processed and paid by their insurance company, not them. We can also explain that it’s rare for a dog to be taken away from its owner or put down.
The dog that bit you could be a beloved family pet, which is why it’s important to have an attorney talk to the dog owner. Once the dog owner moves past their initial anger toward your claim, they’ll understand that an injury settlement is in everyone’s best interests.
Our dog bite attorneys will fight aggressively for your rights so you can get the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses. To request a consultation with our Grand Rapids dog bite attorneys, call Beurkens Law at (616) 459-5344.