Dog attack victims may experience permanent physical and emotional injuries that can have a devastating impact on their quality of life. Our team at Moore Law Firm has more than 35 years of experience in handling all types of personal injury claims. If you or a loved one has been injured, our dog bite lawyers can help you understand your rights and pursue all available avenues of compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages.
Types Of Dog Bite Injuries
In the United States, more than four million dog bites occur each year, 800,000 of which require medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Although many dog bites are minor, some victims suffer serious injury or wrongful death, especially when the victim is a child. Dog bite injuries may include:
- Puncture wounds
- Tears and damage to skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, and other tissue
- Fractured and crushed bones
- Skull fracture and traumatic brain injury
- Loss of eyesight
- Psychological conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression
- Complications such as infections and rabies
Recovery from a dog attack can be a long and costly process. Treatment such as reconstructive surgery, hospital and doctor visits, therapy for physical and mental conditions, and medications can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Being unable to work due to your injuries can also throw a serious wrench in your finances and leave you wondering how you’ll pay the bills. Our dog bite lawyers understand the medical expenses involved in cases such as these, and that your financial as well as physical well-being is at stake. We aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your damages.
Dog Bite Injuries To Children
Pets are an important part of many families, but it’s important to remember that any dog can be dangerous. Children often sustain more serious injury than adults in dog attacks and are more likely to be bitten on the face, neck, or head. Most reconstructive surgeries that are required due to dog bites are performed on children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). When an animal attack involves a strong breed like a pit bull or rottweiler, children can easily suffer catastrophic injury or death. If your child has been hurt by a dog or another animal, it can have lifelong physical and mental repercussions. Our attorneys fight to protect your child’s interests and help them get the care they need.
Dog Bite Injuries On The Job
If you’re a delivery driver, utility worker, or maintenance worker who’s been injured by a dog bite on the job, our lawyers can advise you on whether you’re entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner, or possibly against your employer as well.
Recovering Compensation In A Dog Bite Claim
If a dog’s owner has homeowners insurance, renters insurance, or another general liability policy, damages for a dog attack may be covered by their insurance company. These types of cases can be complex, as the burden of proof lies on the victim. That’s why having an experienced dog bite attorney in your corner is critical to ensure you recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Depending on the extent of your injuries and losses, you may be able to recover damages such as:
- Compensation for permanent scarring, impairment, or disfigurement
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Wrongful death
You may be entitled to punitive damages if the dog is a dangerous breed, has bitten others before, or if the dog’s owner acted in a particularly reckless or careless manner. Punitive damages are intended to punish the negligent party and deter them and others from committing similar acts. If we find evidence that a negligent party’s dog has bitten before or had a known propensity toward violence, it may be possible to recover punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
Dealing With Insurance Carriers In Dog Bite Claims
When it comes to personal injury claims, going it alone often means your insurance claim will be denied or significantly minimized, especially in cases involving animal attacks on someone’s property. Many victims aren’t even aware that homeowner’s insurance may cover damages due to a dog bite. Our dog bite lawyers have helped hundreds of victims recover compensation for their injuries. Our team gathers critical evidence such as medical records, animal control and police reports, witness statements, and other documentation that helps us build a solid personal injury case. Our dog bite attorneys take care of all negotiations with insurers, act as your staunch advocate, and will fight hard to recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Alabama Dog Bite Law
Alabama may apply the legal concept of strict liability and/or the “one bite law” in some dog attack cases. Strict liability means that a dog owner is liable for any injury their dog causes. If an owner had no knowledge of a dog’s dangerous or vicious propensity (aka the “one bite rule”), then they may only be liable for actual damages such as medical bills and lost wages when the approach of a dog bite injury claim involves Alabama dog bite statutes. However, if an injured victim can prove that the dog owner was negligent and breached their duty of care, which led to injuries and damages, they may recover compensation for compensatory damages and possibly punitive damages, if appropriate.
Because there are several ways to go about litigating dog bite cases, it’s critical to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney. Our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in the nuances of Alabama law and appreciate that each case is unique. We consider the specifics of your dog bite case, help you understand the law, and advise you on the most practical course of action for recovering compensation.
The Cost Of Legal Representation
At Moore Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers represent clients on a contingency basis, which means you won’t pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. We offer a free initial consultation. Our lawyers listen to your story, address your concerns, and answer any questions you may have. We assess your case and let you know right off the bat whether it’s worth pursuing a dog bite lawsuit. Our attorneys advise you on all legal options that are available to you.
Contact Our Dog Bite Attorneys
Our team at Moore Law Firm is committed to helping injured victims rebuild their lives after an animal attack. We provide the capable, experienced, compassionate legal support and personalized attention you deserve. If you, your child, another family member, or friend has been injured in a dog attack, our personal injury attorneys in Mobile, AL can help. Call us today at 251-445-7602 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Mobile dog bite lawyer.