According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2% of the U.S. population is bitten by a dog each year. This translates to nearly 5 million dog bite victims per year, most of whom are children. In a 10-year period, the number of dog bites rose by 2%, while the number of bites increased by 33%. About 1,000 dog bite victims arrive in hospital emergency rooms per day for treatment. Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year, with $345 million paid by homeowner insurance policies.
Hiring a dog bite lawyer can take a lot of stress out of your particular case, especially when the dog owner responsible is difficult to find or unresponsive. Your dog bite lawyer can help establish dog ownership, determine whether insurance will cover your injuries, and help determine fault on behalf of the dog owner. You have enough to worry about recovering from your injuries, let a dog bite lawyer alleviate the stress of a lawsuit.
Dog bite attorneys are skilled personal injury lawyers who will assess your case and determine the next course of action. In most cases your dog bite attorney will take your case and then begin an investigation. Your lawyer will investigate witnesses by scheduling depositions, he or she may contact the dog owner’s insurance company to notify them of the claim, and he or she may also want you examined by a trusted doctor.
During the initial investigation, or “Discovery Phase,” your attorney will attempt to establish fault on behalf of the dog owner. If there is enough evidence to establish fault then your attorney will likely file a formal lawsuit. If there is insufficient evidence your attorney may either close the case or attempt a quick settlement with the dog owner.
If your attorney files a lawsuit then you will either lose the case, settle with the dog owner, or take the case all the way to court. Most cases with sufficient evidence that are filed in court will eventually settle out of court by way of mediation or arbitration. This can be a great resolution for your case and will allow you to recover money for your injuries.