If you have been bitten by a dog, you may have a case where you can receive monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Still, this is one of the most difficult types of cases to undertake because there is so much that can work against you.
So do you have a case? It can be difficult to determine that on your own, which is why a dog bite lawyer is so important – this stuff can get tricky.
Step 1: Proving Liability
The first thing you need to do – and the hardest thing to do – is to prove that someone is legally liable for what happened. In some states, there is a strict rule that states that the dog’s owner is the one that is liable for the bit. However, some cities, counties, and states do not have this rule. Even if the bite happened in a state where the owner is liable, there are some other things that a lawyer needs to help you prove.
A dog bite lawyer needs to prove that the dog has previously bit another person and the owner knew that this case the case, that the owner of the dog was negligent in some way and this negligence was the reason for the bite, or that there was an animal control law that was violated, such as not using a leash or mistreating the dog.
Once liability has been proven, the next step is whether or not your case is covered by insurance.
Step 2: Insurance
The next step is to determine whether or not the liable party has insurance coverage. Usually, homeowner insurance covers dog bites. However, people who rent the home may not have insurance that covers it. While everyone should have insurance, that isn’t always the case.
If that person has insurance, the insurance company can pay out to the victim. Sometimes, this will determine whether or not someone should go to court. If the person doesn’t have the money to pay out, or they don’t have insurance, it isn’t worth it to go to court.
Step 3: Your Injury
Finally, your injury needs to be bad enough to need compensation. While no one wants this to happen, it does. The most common injuries that demand compensation include those that lead to scarring, disability, time off from work, emotional damage, counseling, or other significant medical work. Your dog bite lawyer needs to do this work for you in conjunction with a doctor – it takes an extremely practiced hand.
As soon as you have been bitten by the dog, you want to get a lawyer on your side to help you out. You will need to take photos of the injuries, photos of the dog, and even photos of your location. You will want to get eyewitness testimony and find out the history of the dog. However, if you are harmed, you cannot do all of this. Instead, you need a lawyer to help you.
Retain a Lawyer If You Have Been Bitten by A Dog
If you or someone that you love has been bitten or attacked by a dog, one of the best things that you can do is retain a lawyer that will help you to understand the law and fight for your rights. This is so important because it can be complicated to get this type of case to court. You have to have a lawyer that is experienced in fighting for the rights of victims of dog bites.
If you or someone that you love has been bitten or attacked by a dog, call Matthew Miller at (402) 558-4900.
Why should you trust Matthew Miller with your case? Matt Miller has lived in Omaha, Nebraska for his entire life. He has more than 29 years of experience in handling dog bit cases. Matt has also earned the highest ratings that can be given for legal skill and ethics under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America and named one of “Omaha’s Top Lawyers” by Omaha Magazine every year since 2007.