Dog bites can easily lead to serious and even disfiguring injuries. Many times, dog bite injuries are caused by a familiar dog, such as the pet of a neighbor or friend. After an attack, victims often have a number of questions about their rights and what they can and should do next.
An experienced East Providence dog bite lawyer can help you to understand these rights and help you decide if you should file an East Providence dog bite lawsuit to recover for your injuries. Some of the questions commonly asked by dog bite victims include the following:
1. 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 and muscles.
2. Who Can be Held Responsible for my Injuries?
In Rhode Island, dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. They are required by law to maintain control over their dogs. Therefore, the owner of the dog who caused the injury can be held responsible to compensate the victim of the attack. Many times, dog owners will have insurance coverage as a part of their home owners insurance to pay for such instances.
3. What Injuries Can I Be Compensated For?
Injuries that are directly caused by the dog bite such as bruises, cuts, gashes, and scars can be compensated in a dog bite settlement. However, other losses indirectly caused by the dog bite can be compensated as well. These could include things like lost wages or damage to property. Pain and suffering may also be recoverable as part of the settlement in your case.
4. How Much is my Dog Bite Case Worth?
The amount of your settlement will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. Certain factors that play a role in this determination are the severity of the injuries, whether or not the dog bite caused any permanent scarring, and the overall level of pain and suffering. An experienced dog bite lawyer can assess these factors and negotiate with the insurance company to get you the best settlement possible. Read more.
Contact an Experienced East Providence Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite, contact one of our experienced East Providence dog bite lawyers located at 2540 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, RI. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We charge no legal fees unless we get you a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-431-1990 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.