While we all love our pets, sometimes they can behave in unexpected and aggressive ways. In the United States, millions of people suffer animal bites every year. Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs alone. Most of the bites are not serious, but attacks from dogs and other animals can result in the victim losing time from work, incurring medical expenses, and suffering emotional trauma. Animal bite cases can present unique legal issues. If you were bitten, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney with experience in animal bite cases knows how to locate and analyze key evidence, how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case, and how to negotiate with third parties.
WHO PAYS FOR ANIMAL BITES?
Victims of animal bites often have questions about the source of their recovery. For example, victims sometimes believe that in order to receive compensation, they must go after the assets of the animal’s owner who is often a friend or neighbor. This belief causes many injured persons to take no action rather than put their personal relationship with the owner at risk. It is important for victims to realize that animal bites are usually covered by insurance – whether that means the animal owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy or other policy. It is rare that the animal owner’s personal assets are the primary means of recovery. Lawyers do not typically confront animal owners, send them threatening letters, or harass them; lawyers deal primarily with representatives of owners’ insurance companies. Retaining a lawyer early can help streamline the process and ensure that your rights are preserved.
At PhillyLawsuit, we always handle animal bite cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you owe us nothing, unless we obtain a recovery for you. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.