For over 37 years, Montlick & Associates has fought for justice on behalf of dog attack victims and those who tragically lost loved ones due to the negligent actions of others. With billions of dollars recovered for our clients, Our Experience Pays!™*
If you or a loved one have been injured or harmed in an animal attack or accident, contact Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, today for your free consultation. Contact us Nationwide, 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your cellphone. You may also visit us at Montlick.com and contact us through our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.**
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a stunning 4.5 million people sustain dog bites each year, with more than 800,000 dog bites requiring medical intervention to treat infections. Dogs can be amazing companions that provide love, attention, and protection as a member of the family. However, dogs can also be very dangerous, even if they have never bitten a person or other animal before. Anything can trigger even the best-behaved dog to react unpredictably. As such, dog owners have a responsibility to take precautions to ensure their dogs do not bite or attack another person or animal.
Dog bites often cause scarring even if a bite is considered minor. Dog bites become more severe when they penetrate through a person’s skin into the muscles or bones, or when one bite turns into, two, three, four, or more bites, essentially becoming a full-out dog attack. Additionally, when dogs are in groups or packs, they can join in biting or attacking a person. Such incidents typically do not happen with an average family dog, but some dog owners train dogs to attack in groups, something that is unfortunately still rampant throughout the United States. Regardless of what brings about a dog bite or attack, the damage can be catastrophic and life-threatening.
Dog bite injuries not only cause substantial physical injury and emotional harm, but they are also expensive. According to dogsbite.org, the average cost per dog bite claim nationally rose more than 103 percent from 2003 to 2018. The reason for such an increase in the cost of dog bite claims is the increase in medical costs, as well as amounts recovered as part of a settlement, judgment, or winning verdict at trial. Additionally, in 2018, almost 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery because of dog bites.
Emergency room and hospital care are extraordinarily expensive, and in 2018, the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital visit was approximately $18,000, which is approximately 50% more than the average injury-related hospital visit. Moreover, in 2008, there were four times the number of dog bite-related emergency room visits and three times the number of hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.
A dog bite happens every 75 seconds in the United States, demonstrating that far too many people are sustaining severe and debilitating injuries that are likely preventable. Because of the significant damage caused by dog bites, it is not surprising that victims of dog bites sustain damages that exceed $1 billion each year in the form of medical expenses and lost wages. However, because not all dog bites are reported, this number may be significantly higher.
In addition to the physical damage caused by a dog bite injury, a victim may sustain severe emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Such a condition may make it difficult for the victim to ever be around a dog again, and the person may become panicked every time they see a dog in the future. The substantial medical expenses and lost wages are additional damages that harm not only the victim but also the victim’s family and the workforce. If victims must be out of work to recover from dog bite injuries, businesses may feel the consequences of being short-handed.
Overall, dog bite injuries can have far-reaching consequences that can spiral out of control. While dog bite laws exist, they differ by city, county, and state, and not all dog bite laws are enforced. Some communities ban specific breeds, such as pit bull mixes, that are deemed dangerous. However, such a ban on certain breeds does not do anything to stop the dog bite injuries that are caused by breeds with better reputations, such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers. As such, the legal system allows dog bite victims to pursue lawsuits against dog owners and other parties responsible for their dog’s conduct.
Generally, depending on the state (or even the city or municipality in which a dog bite occurred, the ability for a dog bite victim to pursue damages against the dog’s owner turns on how much the owner knew about the dog. For example, many states require that the owner knew or had reason to know that the dog was vicious or otherwise violent when the attack occurred. Whether a plaintiff must prove actual or constructive knowledge (knew or should have known) of the dog’s violent tendencies is dependent on the applicable state’s laws. For example, a dog that bit someone before will likely due so again, and if the owner does not take the appropriate steps to protect the public from the animal, they can be held accountable. Additionally, many cities have ordinances concerning leash laws as well as obligations to restrain their pets on and/or off their own property.
All types of legal claims are subject to “statutes of limitations” or legal time deadlines.
WARNING: Failing to comply with a statute of limitations will permanently bar your right to a recovery, an there are also exceptions that can shorten or even lengthen the deadline!
By way of example only, certain types of claims, such as claims against governmental entities, can have much shorter deadlines. In some cases, a combination of different types of legal claims may exist that involve different time frames, which may be due to multiple defendants and/or even the laws of more than one jurisdiction. In addition to legal deadlines, there are other reasons not to delay. Witnesses can eventually forget what happened, and important evidence can also disappear.
Our dog mauling injury and wrongful death attorneys can examine the facts and circumstances relevant to your case to determine which statutes of limitations (deadlines) apply. We take the required actions to preserve all-important legal deadlines on behalf of our clients.
1. Treat your case as if it were our own. We'll treat you the same way we would want to be treated – as if it were our own case, or the case of a close friend or family member.
2. Protect you from powerful insurance companies. One of the first things the insurance adjuster will typically say is that you do not need an attorney. That's because the insurance company's goal is to pay you as little money as possible. And they know that injured people get substantially more money with an attorney representing them. With over 37 years of experience dealing with insurance companies, we can help you navigate through the insurance company minefields and avoid any traps.
3. Analyze your case at no charge to you. We'll evaluate your situation and advise you how to best protect your rights, at no charge to you. We invite you to call us 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays to request a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Or use our 24/7 online chat right here on our website.
4. Vigorously fight on your behalf in order to obtain all the compensation and benefits you deserve. There's always a lot at stake after a serious injury, and when our clients rely on us for help, we never take that situation lightly. We work extremely hard, and we will always do the right thing when it comes to our clients.
5. Give your case our personal attention. We tell our clients: "We want you to concentrate on getting well. We want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns. We work for you, not the other way around."
6. Promptly return phone calls and keep you informed. We are sure you've heard about professionals who do not return phone calls. Or, perhaps you have spoken to people using other law firms who never knew what was going on with their case. That won't happen with us. We keep our clients well informed of important developments and routinely send copies of correspondence regarding their case.
7. Be there for you when you need us most. When our clients first call us after a serious injury, they're understandably really worried. And we say to them, "You don't have to do this alone." We'll take on the insurance company for you and help you get the money you deserve for your medical treatments, lost wages, car repairs and pain and suffering. That's the kind of help we've been giving for over 37 years.
8. Always treat you with dignity and respect. Our promise is to operate at all times with honesty, integrity, high moral character and unquestionable ethics. And we'll treat you with kindness and give you and your family the dignity and respect that you deserve.
Our dog attack injury and wrongful death attorneys fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. For your Free Consultation contact Montlick & Associates, Nationwide 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. We also can be contacted at Montlick.com where you can submit a Free Case Evaluation Form 24/7 or utilize our 24-Hour Live Chat.
*Dollars recovered are cumulative and not indicative of individual case results. Each case is unique. Results depend on the facts and applicable law.
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