Dogs can be man's best friend, but they can also be ferocious attackers.
If you are the victim of a dog bite, chances are your opinion of canines
has been tainted. Dog bites can be excruciating and often require stiches
and careful wound cleaning.
In some cases, dog bites can become infected, leading to additional procedures
or surgeries. Dog bites can also cause obvious scarring, leading to disfigurement.
If you have been attacked by a dog, consider suing the liable party.
Owners Are Liable in Dog Attacks
If you are attacked by a dog and you can locate the owner, the individual
is automatically liable for the dog's actions. Even if they insist
that their dog is not normally aggressive, or claim that they have never
known their dog to bite, the owner can still be held accountable. This
is especially true if the owner allowed the dog to wander without a leash
or tied the dog up on a leash that allowed the animal too much room.
Dog Bite Lawsuit Process
As with most personal injury lawsuits, you don't always go to trial
when suing a dog-owner. In fact, in many cases you may be able to avoid
trial with a settlement. A skilled attorney at the Law Office of Robert
L. Ward can help you decide whether or not you should accept a settlement
or pursue a case to trial. Our team is not afraid to take cases to trial
when necessary, and Attorney Ward has spent more than 16 years working
as a trial attorney.
The steps involved in a dog bite lawsuits are:
- Send a demand letter to the dog owner, informing him or her of your intent to sue
- Include a settlement amount in your letter if you would like to avoid trial
- Enter a period of negotiation with the dog owner
- If no settlement is reached during negotiation, take the case to trial
- Collect all evidence to prove your injuries
- An attorney will argue on your behalf in the courtroom
- Witnesses may be called and cross-examined
- Attorneys give their closing arguments
- Judge and / or jury will deliberate
- Verdict is reached
We will do our best to walk you through this entire process while being
communicative and helpful. From start to finish, you will work with our
skilled trial attorney, Robert L. Ward on your case. He has
handled thousands of cases in the past and will not require any fees unless you recover financial
compensation! Call today!