If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to collect for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, among other losses. Many dog owners have insurance to cover these claims. Our experienced Rhode Island dog bite lawyers do not charge any fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-922-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) consultation.
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What is a Dog Bite Injury?
A dog bite injury occurs when a dog’s mouth closes around any part of a person’s body. In most cases, a dog bite will tear the skin and cause cuts and deep gashes that can leave ugly scars. However, a dog does not have to break the skin or cause bleeding for a dog bite injury to occur. Dog bites can also cause internal injuries and crush injuries that effect nerves, muscles, and bones.
Can I Get a Dog Bite Settlement?
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be able to recover for your injuries along with other losses and pain and suffering by obtaining a dog bite settlement. In Rhode Island, dog owners are held legally responsible for the actions of their dogs. This means that if a dog bites someone, the owner can be held responsible to pay for the injuries suffered as a result. Many times, dog owners have insurance policies that cover these incidents.
Typically, a dog bite settlement will compensate the injured victim for their medical bills, lost income, scarring, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other losses. Our experienced Rhode Island dog bite lawyers have settled many large dog bite cases over the past 29 years, and we know how to get you the compensation you deserve. For a list of our best dog bite settlements, click here.
What is a Dog Bite Case Worth?
If our firm is successful in proving your dog bite case, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, scarring, pain and suffering, and other losses. Read more.
What is The Legal Fee?
The standard legal fee in personal injury cases is 1/3 of the settlement or award. We charge the standard 1/3 fee only if you receive a settlement or award in your case. Up until that point, there are no fees charged.
Who is Responsible For a Dog Bite Injury?
In Rhode Island, dog owners or their insurance companies must pay injured victims if their dog bites someone. In some cases, another person or entity may also be responsible. For example, you may be able to recover money from a kennel or person in possession of a dog, who was taking care of the dog at the time of the incident. Also, property owners may be at fault if someone else’s dog bites someone while on their property under certain circumstances. Finally, landlords may be liable for dog bite injuries if they allowed a tenant to own a dangerous dog. If a minor (person under the age of 18) owns a dog that has bitten someone, then the minor’s parents may have to pay costs of the dog bite injuries. Read more.
What Should I do After a Dog Bite Injury?
If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important to try to get as much information as you can about who owns the dog and how the incident occurred. Get the name, address, and contact information of the dog owner. Talk to any witnesses that may have seen the dog bite occur, and get their names and contact information. Document everything you can about the scene of the incident and exactly what happened. Take photos of where the bite occurred. You should also document your injuries. Take photos of the area you were bitten. Seek the appropriate medical attention right away, and tell your treating doctor that you were bitten by a dog and how it happened. Make sure to follow up with any further treatment you may need.
What Are Some Common Dog Bite Injuries?
There are many possible injuries that can result from a dog bite. The most common injuries include cuts, bruising, and scarring. However, the emotional damage because of a dog bite can also take a toll on a victim of a dog bite and have long-term consequences. Scaring can also lead to a great deal of emotional pain as a daily reminder of what happened. Other common injuries include the following:
- Pain and Suffering
- Broken Bones
- Anxiety, Depression and Phobia of Dogs
- Wrongful Death
What Is The Typical Treatment For Dog Bites?
The treatment for your dog bite will depend on the severity of your injury. It is important to seek medical attention right after a dog bite and talk with your doctor about the best options for your treatment. Typical injuries caused by dog bites include cuts and puncture wounds, which can require stiches or even surgery to repair. These types of injuries can often leave scars. If the dog bite injury is on your face, plastic surgery may be needed to lessen the visibility of the scar. Other injuries can cause permanent muscle damage, tissue damage, or broken bones, which can require extensive treatment and ongoing therapy.
Mental injuries like anxiety, depression, fear, and PTSD may also require ongoing professional treatment. These conditions can disrupt and limit a person’s daily life. For example, some dog bite victims are unable to socialize with friends who own dogs, go for walks, or visit public places such as parks because of the trauma caused by a dog attack. Mental injuries can effect children in particular. Childhood is a time to develop mentally and socialize, but traumatic dog bites can greatly alter a child’s mental and emotional state.
Contact an Experienced Rhode Island Dog Bite Lawyer
Our Rhode Island dog bite lawyers and legal staff have the experience and knowledge to help you if you have suffered a dog bite. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, scarring, and pain and suffering, among other losses. There is no fee unless you get a settlement or award. Call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no-obligation) case evaluation.