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Ask yourself the 3 questions below:

1.  Were you bitten or attacked by an animal?

2. Were you in a public place or another person’s property?

3.  Were you lawfully (with permission) present at the location of the attack? 

If your answer is YES to the questions, then you may have a claim for injuries. For a full case review, please call Select Law. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WAS INJURED?

  • Seek medical attention for any injury. If you do not have a primary doctor, we can refer you to a doctor. 

  • Contact the Police and file a report.

  • Gather contact information from the Dog’s owner and any witnesses.

  • Document your injuries. Take photos of your injury and the place where the attack occurred. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WAS ATTACKED?

  • Do not provide any statement to the Dog owner or its caretaker. 

  • Do not speak to or provide a statement to any insurance company. 

  • Do not sign any agreements with the owner or insurance company without having an attorney review it first.

WHO WILL PAY FOR MY INJURIES?

Often, dog bites and attacks are covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance. Other sources may be available to pay for your injuries. A Free Consultation and an investigation by an experienced attorney may uncover other sources to pay for your injuries. 

WHAT CAN I BE COMPENSATED FOR IN A DOG BITE? 

The list below highlights general damages you may recover for in a dog bite. Each case is different, which will require us to fully evaluate your claim to discuss other potential recoveries. Generally, you may receive compensation for the following:

 

  • Medical Expenses

  • Pain and Suffering

  • Scarring

  • Disfigurement 

  • Permanent injuries 

  • Mental Distress/Psychological Counseling 

  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of Consortium

  • Other damages may be available based on the specific facts of your case