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 (888) 783-8378 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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Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bites & Attacks

Should I Hire a Dog Bite Lawyer?

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… read more?

Can I Afford a Dog Attack Attorney?

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… read more?

What Steps Should I Take Following a Dog Attack?

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… read more?

Our Premise Law Case Results

$150,000

Client Injured at Car Wash

Our client was at a car wash drying her vehicle when she stepped into a gaping hole in the pavement, causing her to fall. She suffered a broken coccyx and broken ribs, ultimately resulting in a $150,000 settlement.
$300,000

Victim Suffers Fracture After Slip & Fall

Verdict for slip and fall victim at shopping mall when cleaning crew failed to mark wet areas – fracture and surgery.
$155,000

Client Fell During Hearing Aid Fitting

Our client fell from a rolling chair while at an appointment to be fitted for hearing aids. Sadly, she suffered a broken femur. Our client’s case settled for $155,000.
$225,000

Slip and Fall in Reception Hall

We obtained $225,000 for a client who slipped and fell at a reception hall, resulting in herniated discs in her neck.
$205,000

Woman Fractures Femur in Restaurant

Our client was at a restaurant when a mouse fell from above and dropped into her purse, startling the woman and causing her to fall on the floor. The fall resulted in a fractured femur and multiple stapes. We settled her case for $205,000.
$135,000

Trip and Fall at Wholesale Club

Our premise liability team was able to secure $135,000 for a client who tripped and fell over a rug at a popular wholesale club.

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

What Happens Next?

At The Ruth Law Team, we understand that this may be your first time seeking legal counsel and how intimidating that decision might be. This is why we have simplified the process to help you make the right decision for your circumstances. This 3-step process includes:

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This quick survey will help us better understand what happened and which attorney is the best fit for your situation.

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Once you decide that The Ruth Law Team is the right option to represent you, we will begin the process of submitting your claim.

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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:

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.

Steven and Jenna Ruth Evaluating a Personal Injury Case

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.