Experience Dog Bite Attorneys
One in 72 people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., and that adds up to a staggering 4.5 million dog bites in 2017 alone. While some of these injuries may seem mild or moderate at first, nearly one-quarter of them lead to infection and other potentially serious long-term health problems.
With these statistics in mind, it’s not surprising to learn that, according to the Insurance Information Institute, dog attacks account for more than one-third of all homeowner’s insurance payouts each year. The most recent calculations cite that total percentage at over $530 million in paid claims.
The high likelihood of dog bites and the climbing costs of personal injury claims associated with them means that insurance companies are more likely than ever to try and find a reason to deny you the compensation you deserve in the wake of an attack. This is why the help of an Allen & Allen attorney is essential.
If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, we understand that the physical and emotional challenges you’re facing can be difficult to bear. When you put the Allen Law Firm in your corner, you have a dependable and skilled team working to build a strong case on your behalf, allowing you to focus your energy on your health and recovery.
Your injury is more than simply a case to us. We know that your injury impacts your life, your family, and how you plan for your future. We take our responsibility to you seriously, and we are dedicated to delivering the quality of service that has made the name Allen & Allen synonymous with excellence.
Know Your Rights
Under Virginia law, you may have the right to recover monetary damages if you have been injured in an animal attack due to the negligence or recklessness of another person. This kind of negligence includes an owner’s failure to obey leash laws, failure to adequately contain a dog in a fenced yard or in a building, and failure to take any additional precautions needed to ensure the safety of others around their pet.
Damages may include reimbursement or compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages and loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
The attorneys at Allen & Allen can help you to determine:
- The rights you have to collect from the dog owner’s insurance company.
- What evidence may need to be presented in order to collect appropriate financial compensation.
- How to obtain a fair settlement offer for damages.
A dog owner’s insurance company or their lawyer may contact you to obtain a recorded statement about your injuries and details of the attack. These statements are not in your best interest when the full extent of your injuries and your financial burden have yet to be determined. You are under no legal obligation to provide such a statement, and if you do, it could be used against you during the settlement process. You can help to protect yourself by contacting an attorney at Allen & Allen to discuss your situation before you speak with anyone representing the other party.
What Should I Do Next?
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you may have questions about your next steps. Follow these guidelines to help ensure that your actions and decisions now don’t compromise your case later.
- If you are seriously injured, seek immediate medical attention.
- Contact your local law enforcement and department of animal control. If you are unable to do this before seeking medical attention, have a friend or family member make the call for you.
- Write down or record the best possible description of the dog that you can, noting the time and date of the attack, and, if possible, the last known location of the animal.
- Have a friend, family member, or medical professional take detailed photographs of your injuries. Do not post these images on social media or share these with anyone other than your attorney.
- If anyone near the scene of the attack identifies himself to you as an eyewitness, ask someone to write down a physical description and the contact details for that witness. This information could be extremely valuable to your case.
Why Choose Allen & Allen?
The attorneys at Allen & Allen have more than 600 years of combined experience with personal injury cases. Over our 100 year history, we have handled many complex and devastating dog bite cases with victims sustaining injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to long-term tendon, muscle, and nerve damage. Allen & Allen is a family firm built on compassionate service, and we are committed to protecting our clients throughout their recovery and will fight for their fair treatment and compensation.
Allen & Allen uses a wide range of resources to help achieve a successful outcome in your case. Some of the resources that set us apart from other firms include:
On-Staff Investigators – The investigators at Allen & Allen are former law enforcement officers with decades of specialized service and skills. They work to secure incident reports, interview law enforcement officials and first-responders, interview witnesses, and gather physical evidence.
In addition to carefully examining the location and scenario that resulted in your injury, our investigators may also be called upon to help document the severity and nature of those injuries with high-resolution photographs. These photos can be used to strengthen your case and, in some instances, increase the amount of settlement offers or compensation received.
Expert Witnesses – We often engage leading experts in their fields to assist with cases. These experts are from across the country and may include physicians, veterinarians, animal behavior specialists, safety experts, and others whose assistance is relevant. The data and testimony that these experts provide can make a significant difference in your case results.
No matter how minor or severe your dog bite injuries may have been, an attorney can help you to navigate the intimidating field of insurance claims to make sure you are offered the settlement you deserve. You can discuss your unique situation with an Allen & Allen personal injury specialist at no cost by calling today.
Start Rebuilding Your Life
You do not have to shoulder the financial burden of an injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Let us help you collect the compensation you deserve by holding the person responsible for your injuries accountable. At Allen & Allen, our team of experienced lawyers and in-house investigators use their skills to collect evidence and build a solid case on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
If you or a family member has been injured in a dog attack, don’t wait to contact a lawyer. Don’t wait to begin rebuilding your life.