Dog Bites

Many American families have a four-legged pet they consider a part of the family. Many of these "family members" are dogs, and why not? They are loyal to their owners, are lovable companions, and, in some cases, offer the protection or security one desires. However, while they can be all of those things, and more, sometimes a dog may act aggressively.

While we don't like to think of our own pets attacking or biting another, it does happen. In fact, thousands of Americans are attacked by an animal every year. In many of these cases the animal in question is a dog. In most cases, when you are attacked or bitten by a dog that is not your own, you have rights to attempt to recover damages from the responsible party.

While we cannot hold an animal responsible for the bite and/or attack, there are others involved that should be held accountable for the negligence and/or recklessness that caused the bite to occur. Depending on the particular circumstance, those held liable could include one or more of the following:

  • Pet's owner(s)
  • Parent(s) of minor in cases where a minor was the owner of the pet
  • Property owner(s)
  • Landlord(s)
  • Animal keeper(s)/dog sitter(s)

If you were bitten by a dog, you should always seek medical attention immediately. The bite can turn into something more serious if the animal was diseased or an infection occurs. After you have properly treated the wound, you may be entitled to compensation if the animal was the property and responsibility of another person. If you believe you are owed compensation for your bite or attack, be sure to contact an attorney who is experienced in the field of animal attack and personal injury.

While every dog bite or attack incident is different, and it depends on the severity of the attack, you may be entitled to recover one or more of the following damages:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

• Punitive damage

If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you may be entitled to recover damages for the injuries that resulted. Make sure to obtain the right legal counsel to ensure that you win the settlement that you deserve. Determining the legal rights you have, your claim, and how to handle collecting compensation for injuries and damages can be complicated. We are here to help ease the process for you and your family during this difficult time.

Having worked closely with personal injury cases, the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC has a unique approach to handling personal injury and negligence cases. Rather than aiming for the quickest settlement possible, we aim to give our clients the maximum payoff they deserve, depending on their unique circumstances.