When a dog bites or otherwise attacks you or a loved one, the damage can extend beyond physical harm. It can be a mentally and emotionally harrowing experience that stays with you long after physical wounds have healed.
According to the CDC, it is estimated that about 4.7 million dog bite incidents occur in the U.S. each year, with just under 800,000 requiring medical care and a handful leading to death. When such incidents occur, you may be left not only with medical bills but also with lasting or permanent damage through no fault of your own.
While most people would not blame a dog for acting in its nature, it is the responsibility of pet owners to keep their animals secure, whether this is on leashes or within the boundaries of their property. Failure to do so makes them liable for any damages caused by their pet.
In 2020, homeowners insurance policies paid an estimated $854 million in liability claims related to dog bites and other attacks. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get the compensation you deserve.
Insurance providers will do everything they can to delay or deny your claim. They have the resources to try to wear you down until you accept a low-ball settlement or simply give up.
You need experienced and successful dog attack lawyers to guide you through the process and aggressively fight for compensation on your behalf. When you’ve suffered from a dog attack, the experienced dog bite attorneys at The Ruth Law Team are ready to work to secure a fair settlement for you.
Call us today at 727-327-3222 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You can speak to a qualified dog attack lawyer with a proven track record of success in cases like yours and learn more about what we can do for you.
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Common Causes of Dog Attacks
Whether you’ve been bitten by a pit bull, a Pekingese, or a chihuahua, you can suffer from serious injuries and mental or emotional distress as a result. While some people only suffer minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises, others may need surgery to treat their wounds. You could also end up dealing with secondary health complications, such as an infection, MRSA, or rabies. In rare cases, death can occur as a result of a dog attack.
Even a seemingly minor dog bite can cause significant harm and require ongoing medical attention. The last thing you need to deal with is insurance providers giving you the runaround while you stress over a rising tide of medical bills.
Your best bet to recover damages with the help of qualified dog bite attorneys like the experienced professionals at The Ruth Law Team.
Dog bites can occur without warning. Oftentimes, the animal is not to blame. With that being said, it may not be your fault, either, if the pet’s owner hasn’t properly secured their animal.
Dogs may behave aggressively for any number of reasons, including:
- Fear or feeling threatened
- Protecting something like food, territory, or offspring
- Illness or injury/pain
- Lack of socialization
- Attempted play
A dog bite typically occurs because an owner has failed to keep their pet properly restrained. This could happen when they walk their dog off-leash, fail to latch a gate, or otherwise let their dog run loose. When such instances occur, the dog attack lawyers at The Ruth Law Team are ready to provide the legal advice, support, and representation you need to secure the best possible settlement.
What Happens Next?
Dog attacks can occur anywhere. When they do, you might not immediately think to seek out dog bite lawyers. If you’ve never worked with an attorney before, you may be understandably intimidated by the prospect of filing a lawsuit. Alternatively, you might not think you have a case. The Ruth Law Team is committed to making your experience as easy as possible, which is why we’ve created a streamlined, 3-step process that’s designed to reduce your stress and deliver peace of mind.
Our process begins by collecting the records that are necessary to establish your claim. This often includes medical records to document your injuries and bills to show the costs you faced because of the attack. If there was a police report or incident report filed, we’ll use it to support your claim and show that an attack occurred. We’ll also collect statements from witnesses to support your version of events. Further, we will need an understanding of any homeowner’s or business’ insurance policy that may cover the liability of a dog attack or bite.
Once we have a clear idea of what happened, our next step will be to investigate further, finding additional evidence to build a strong case. We’ll look for any footage of the incident taken by bystanders or captured on nearby surveillance cameras in the area. We’ll also enlist the aid of expert witnesses to deliver testimony if needed.
Our goal is always to get you fast, fair compensation by settling with insurance providers out of court. The evidence we collect and the case we build generally provide enough leverage to secure the compensation you’re due. However, the experienced professionals at The Ruth Law Team are always ready to take your case to trial, if necessary, to fight for a verdict that covers your costs, now and in the future.
Insurance companies have vast resources, and they’ll use any excuse to delay or deny your claim, knowing that they can wait until you’re ready to accept a fraction of what you’re due. You don’t have to face them alone.
At The Ruth Law Team, we know how to play hardball with insurance providers, and we’re happy to build your case and negotiate on your behalf, so you can focus on rest and recovery.
Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney
Suffering from a dog bite can be a traumatizing experience. Not only will you face some measure of physical recovery, but you may also have lingering mental and emotional distress that impacts your ability to work or enjoy the activities you love.
The right dog attack lawyer can help you to recover damages that are necessary to pay medical bills, cover other expenses, and allow you time to heal. The Ruth Law Team has the expertise to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Our qualified and compassionate lawyers will stay by your side every step of the way.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dog Attacks
Choosing a qualified lawyer to help you fight for compensation after a dog attack is the best way to secure a fair settlement, but it’s natural to have questions about what a lawsuit entails.
The Ruth Law Team is available 24/7 to address your questions and concerns, starting with a few of the most frequently asked questions.
Yes! If you’ve been bitten or attacked by a dog and sustained a serious injury, it’s best to contact the qualified attorneys at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible so we can start gathering evidence and reviewing your case. The sooner we begin, the faster we can start working to get a settlement to pay medical expenses and move on with your life.
At The Ruth Law Team, we understand how traumatic a dog attack can be, especially when you’re dealing with the added stress of medical bills. Our goal is always to make your life easier. That starts by offering our legal services on a contingency fee basis. We won’t see a dime unless and until we secure a settlement, so if you don’t get paid, we won’t get paid.
The first thing you should do after a dog attack is to seek medical attention. If possible, you should also speak with authorities while the incident is fresh in your memory, so you can document the attack in a police report. You should also collect contact information for the dog owner and any witnesses at the scene. Ask someone else to do it for you if you’re unable to do so because of your injuries.
The next step is to contact a qualified lawyer. Although you can try to fight the insurance company on your own, you simply don’t have the leverage to negotiate a fair settlement -- and they know it. The Ruth Law Team has the knowledge and experience to build a strong case and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Although we try hard to secure a settlement as quickly as possible, there are going to be times in which insurance providers simply won’t negotiate a fair settlement. We always prepare to take a case to trial to fight for maximum compensation, if necessary.
We have over 40 years of experience negotiating cases like yours, both outside the courtroom and at trial. We’ll do whatever it takes to help you secure the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and move forward.
While some states have “one-bite” laws that alleviate liability for owners of dogs who have not attacked before, Florida and Minnesota are strict liability states, which means that owners are liable for any attack that occurs in public or in a private space where the injured party has been lawfully admitted. Georgia has a modified one-bite law pertaining to “vicious or dangerous” animals, including ones that are off-leash in areas where leash laws exist. When an attack occurs, you may seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including rehabilitation
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Other injury-related expenses
In some cases, you may also be eligible to seek compensation for pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages.
Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota are all comparative fault states, which means even if you are partly to blame for a dog attack, you can still seek compensation. In fact, Minnesota dog owners can only reduce their liability if they prove that you provoked the dog to attack in some way.
The dog attack attorneys at The Ruth Law Team bring over 40 years of experience to the table, with an abundance of successful settlements in cases like yours. Our goal is always to get you fast, fair compensation and reduce your stress in the process, which is why we’re available 24/7 to address your questions and concerns. We come to you wherever you are – in the hospital, at home, or a location of your choosing.
Every member of our legal team goes above and beyond to build a strong case so that we can try to negotiate for a maximum settlement on your behalf. We don’t get paid unless and until we secure your settlement. We may even be able to use our expertise to negotiate with medical providers to defer payment until your case is resolved. We’re there to support you every step of the way so that you can focus on the important work of recovery.
Dog Attack Attorneys
The talented legal professionals at The Ruth Law Team have helped to secure maximum compensation in cases like yours for over 40 years (and counting). We leverage our extensive knowledge and experience to fight to get you the settlement you deserve as quickly as possible so you can get on with your life.
Our dedicated team includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
While there are no guarantees, every member of The Ruth Law Team is focused on helping you get the best settlement possible. You have more important things to worry about. Let us do what we do best while you focus on healing.
Dog Bite Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
When you need a qualified and caring dog attack attorney to help you fight for maximum compensation, call The Ruth Law Team at 727-327-3222, contact us online, or use our live chat feature to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation or to learn more about the ways that we can help you.Florida Georgia Minnesota