Dog bites can be a traumatic experience, and the law provides victims with the right to seek compensation for their injuries. Different states have different statutes of limitations for filing a dog bite lawsuit against the dog owner, usually ranging from one to three years. It is important to consult an experienced attorney to understand the legal process and ensure that you receive the justice you deserve.Attorney Neil Shouse is a former Los Angeles prosecutor who graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show, and Court TV.
Mr. Shouse has been recognized by National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal Lawyers and the Top 100 Civil Lawyers.When it comes to investing in pain and suffering, it may be difficult to determine a fair amount of dollars. However, juries, lawyers, and insurance companies do it all the time when negotiating a settlement. The amount of compensation victims receive for pain and suffering can vary greatly, and judges may overturn an award if it is deemed unreasonable under the circumstances.In some states, such as Virginia5, dog owners can be held liable for multiple damages if their pet has previously bitten someone and does so again.
In order to file a dog bite lawsuit, victims must meet all other state requirements and have homeowner's or renters insurance that covers their pets. If the victim is found to have contributed any fault for the bite in states that use concurrent negligence laws, they will not be able to recover any compensation.It is important to consult an experienced lawyer who specializes in dog bites as soon as possible after an incident occurs. A veteran lawyer with limited knowledge about dog bites may not be able to fight a lawyer who knows how to defend his client. It is also important not to talk about money or settlements with a dog owner until you have spoken with a personal injury lawyer.If negligence is found to be at fault, victims may be able to sue for something as minor as a dog bite.
However, they must meet all other state requirements in order to file a lawsuit. If property was damaged during the incident, such as clothing being torn by a dog bite, then victims may be able to receive compensation for that loss.At Shouse Law Group, we represent people injured by car accidents, dog bites, slip and fall, wrongful death, and other types of injuries caused by the misconduct of others. We will work closely with you or a member of your family to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve.