As is the case in most personal injury recoveries, your damages are going to be primarily measured by your medical bills and treatment. That is why it is critical to seek medical attention immediately after being bitten by an animal and also to attend all follow up appointments.
The purpose of getting all the treatment possible is NOT to “run up” your bill. It’s because any treatment you do NOT receive will be used by the insurance company as a means to minimize your claim; i.e.; “if you were hurt, why didn’t you go to all of your appointments?” Many people are surprised by how they will essentially be accused of lying by the insurance company. We are not surprised by this. We prepare diligently for the insurance copmany's shenanigans and stay one step ahead of them to protect your dog bite claim.
With very few exceptions, if you have been injured by a dog, that dog’s owner is liable or financially responsible for your injuries. This is often called strict liability. Two situations where the dog owner would NOT be held responsible:
Because every state has different laws about dog bites, well-meaning friends and family members might be giving you incorrect information. There is not a “free first bite rule” as some people think or may have told you. If you have been bitten by a dog, you are entitled to compensation. Do not rely on the advice of people around you. You can speak with an experienced dog bite and liability lawyer for free.
Every case is unique. The compensation you receive is based on the severity of the bite and the expected effect it will have on your life. For instance, a teenage model who requires multiple plastic surgeries after being bitten in the face will be compensated differently than a 60-year-old man who is bitten in the ankle.
It’s also important to understand that these injuries do not come with clear cut price tags; meaning the amount of compensation is negotiable. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced dog bite attorney who will protect your interests and diligently fight for the best possible outcome.
It’s important to understand that when we talk about recovering for a “dog bite” we are using that as an umbrella term for any injuries sustained from a situation with a dog. A leash getting tangled around your feet and causing you to fall is an injury the dog owner can also be held responsible for. Animal attacks that cause someone to fall and injure themselves are also included in Minnesota’s “dog bite” law.
The attorneys at Bennerotte and Associates are happy to answer your questions, review your case, and give you options for pursuing financial compensation after your dog bite. If you choose to hire us to handle your case, you will not pay anything out of pocket. We are paid a percentage of the recovery we secure on your behalf; meaning, if we don’t win – you pay nothing. Contact us today to learn more.
If you have been injured, do not accept any payment or sign anything for the insurance company until you have had an independent attorney review your case free of charge.
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Eagan, MN, 55121
3085 Justice Way #200, Eagan, MN 55121