You’re walking down the street and an unknown dog approaches you without an owner. You innocently extend your hand to show him you’re harmless. The next thing you know, you’ve been bitten.
Or maybe you’re around a familiar dog, one you see every day, who bites you out of the blue. Maybe you try to help a dog get out of a busy street and it bites you when you approach.
Either way, you may be in need of some professional help. Do you need to hire a dog bite lawyer? Keep reading to learn the top signs that it’s time to lawyer up.
What Is a Dog Bite Lawyer?
First and foremost, you might not know what a “dog bite lawyer” is. No, they didn’t go to law school solely for dog bite cases. Dog bite lawyers are personal injury lawyers.
A dog bite case is treated like any other personal injury case: you were injured, they go through the facts of the situation, and the other party may be held responsible. In this case, the other party would be the dog’s owner.
Personal injury lawyers earn bachelors degrees then law degrees. They must pass the LSAT, bar exam, and MPRE. So don’t worry, your dog bite lawyer is well-trained, well-educated, and experienced!
I’m Hesitating to Hire a Dog Bite Lawyer Because I Don’t Want the Dog to be Put Down
The fact of the matter is, as a human, your health, well-being, and safety come before the dog’s. The dog put all of those in jeopardy when it bit you.
That being said, most dog bite cases do not end in euthanasia. It varies based on the state you live in, the dog’s history, the owner’s history, and the details of your case.
For example, in California, a dog isn’t automatically put down after they bite someone. Euthanasia is only required if the dog has bitten people on two separate occasions, or if the dog was trained to attack and causes serious injury.
In Utah, the law is the same except the dog is allowed three separate incidents instead of two. In most places, offending dogs aren’t forcibly put down except in specific, extreme circumstances.
Not only that, but a wide misconception is that hiring a lawyer equals going to court. That’s far from true!
By hiring a dog bite lawyer, you’re simply enlisting a professional to study your case and present it to the proper insurance company. Their job is to get you the payout from the insurance company that you deserve.
Ideally, they can do all of that without you needing to go to court! Still unsure or have questions? Check out this page with more details on how we address dog bite cases.
When Should I Hire a Dog Bite Lawyer?
There are a few things to consider before you hire a dog bite lawyer. Look for these signs; they could save you time, energy, and money.
You’re Suffering Mental & Emotional Stress From Your Injury
However big or small, “serious” or not, you were attacked by a dog. That’s a scary and often traumatic experience.
You might feel shaken, confused, and conflicted. Especially if you were left with an injury.
This kind of mental and emotional stress weighs on any person. Hiring a third party to take care of your case can alleviate much of that stress.
You Sustained Notable Injury and You Have Evidence of an Attack
We don’t like to use the words “major” or “minor” when it comes to dog bites because, as you may know, even a small (“minor) injury can be extremely painful and traumatic. But in court or to insurance companies, minor injuries are less likely to pay out.
For example, if, by the time you file a claim and meet with a professional, the bite mark is totally healed and your life is no longer affected by it, it may not be worth it to pursue. No notable injury, no evidence of an attack, unlikely to go well for you. Make sense?
On the other hand, a dog bite lawyer is extremely helpful if you have notable injury and evidence of an attack. That’s why it’s smart to take pictures right after the attack, keep detailed notes of your doctor visits and bills, and pictures of your injury’s healing process.
You Don’t Know What You’re Doing
With all of that being said, it’s a good idea to contact and meet with an attorney if you just don’t know what you’re doing. Most people don’t know their specific state’s laws regarding dog bites, but a good lawyer will.
You may not know your local laws, regulations, tendencies, and processes, but a good lawyer will. Before you assume that you have no case, before you give up because you just don’t know what you’re doing, contact a reputable dog bite lawyer!
Don’t hesitate to reach out, because you never know what we can help. At the very least we can fully inform you and give you peace of mind.
You Can Be Confident in Hiring a Dog Bite Lawyer!
After being attacked by a dog, however serious or not, you feel shaken and unsure of what to do. You probably don’t feel confident in your own ability to handle the situation fully, fairly, legally, and professionally.
That’s why a dog bite lawyer is helpful! Feel free to reach out to us online–we have a live, real-person chat around the clock–or over the phone. Se habla Español.
If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area, contact us with your questions and concerns, we’re here to help!
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.