If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you might want a lawyer, as a dog bite lawyer can protect your rights and advocate on your behalf during your case. Your lawyer can help you pursue financial compensation for the damages caused by your dog bite injuries.
A Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help You Seek Financial Compensation for Damages
Dog bites can cause painful injuries that have a major impact on a victim’s life. A lawyer from our firm can help you seek compensation for the losses you suffered because of the dog bite.
Getting the compensation you may deserve after a dog attack can be a difficult task. The at-fault party’s insurer may try to minimize your injuries and offer you an unreasonably low settlement. The at-fault party may try to avoid responsibility for the attack or even blame the attack on you.
Your lawyer’s job is to argue for adequate compensation and represent your best interests. Your lawyer can stand up for your rights and handle communications with the insurance company while you recover from your dog bite injuries.
Compensation for Medical Expenses
You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs associated with:
- Ambulance transportation
- Reconstructive surgery
- Physical therapy
- Wound care
- Emergency room care
- Antibiotic medication
- Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
- Other medical needs
Reimbursement for Lost Wages
You may also be entitled to compensation for your lost income due to missed work. Some dog bite injuries are so severe that the victim is unable to work or must take a lower-paying job after the attack. If your dog bite injuries reduced your ability to earn a living, you may receive compensation for the harm to your earning capacity.
Financial Recovery for Pain and Emotional Suffering
You may also be owed compensation for the non-monetary harm caused in the attack. Your injuries may have caused deep physical and psychological suffering. Anxiety, phobias, nightmares, and post-traumatic stress disorder have all been associated with dog attacks.
The insurance company may try to minimize the severity of your mental and physical pain. Your lawyer can help you demonstrate that your pain and suffering is significant.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Disfigurement caused by the dog bite injuries
A Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help You Hold a Neglectful Dog Owner Responsible
Dog owners have a legal obligation to control their dogs. A personal injury case against an irresponsible dog owner may allow you to hold the dog owner accountable for your injuries. Per Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §955.28, a dog owner is liable for injuries if:
- An injury was caused by the dog’s actions
- The victim was not trespassing
- The victim was not taunting, harassing, or abusing the dog
Your lawyer with our firm can help you demonstrate each of these factors in your case.
Evidence that Our Lawyers Can Use in Your Dog Bite Case
To prove the factors needed for a successful dog bite case, your lawyer may use many sources of evidence, including:
- Photographs of your injuries and the location of the dog attack
- Video footage of the attack from surveillance cameras or other cameras
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Statements from eyewitnesses to the attack
- Testimony from doctors, plastic surgeons, psychologists, economists, and other expert witnesses
A Lawyer Can Handle Your Case So You Can Focus on Recovery
If you or a loved one were bitten by a dog, you may be wondering whether you need a dog bite lawyer to handle your case. While you can represent yourself, hiring a lawyer can take a lot of legal obligations off your plate.
Your lawyer can submit a claim with the dog owner’s insurance company and fight on your behalf for an insurance payout that appropriately addresses your damages. Sometimes, insurance companies refuse to give injured people the compensation they deserve. If this happens, your lawyer can file a personal injury lawsuit and advocate for a satisfactory settlement or award.
Contact the Attorneys at the Fitch Law Firm LLC for Help Today
Per ORC §2305.10, there is a statute of limitations of two years for personal injury lawsuits in Ohio. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start investigating your case. Call us at (614) 545-3930 for a free legal consultation.