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What Kind of Lawyer Do I Need For a Dog Bite?

Dog bites can occur in many different ways. Whether it was a friendly encounter gone bad or a more vicious attack. Either way dog bites have the ability to leave you or a loved one severely injured or exposed to potential disease. 

Sustaining a dog bite is traumatizing. It is estimated over 4.5 million dog bites happen each year. The point is that they’re not exactly a rare event. 

Dog bites are something that can leave a lasting impact on your life or the life of your child. For this reason, justice should be sought and financial compensation should be paid when necessary. This is where a good liability attorney in Hamilton, Ohio will come in handy. 

If you wish to receive compensation for an injury, medical bills, and any other ongoing suffering that has occurred as a result of a dog bite you will need help from a personal injury lawyer. 

You Have Options

When you are bitten by a dog, it can often feel like a chaotic and traumatic event. If possible remain calm and assess the medical treatment needed. When safety is ensured the most basic course of action will be to file an insurance claim against the pet owner, so do your best to trade information at the scene of the incident, just as you would in a car accident. 

An experienced liability and personal injury attorney will then talk with the insurance company for you to ensure you receive fair compensation depending on the circumstances of the incident. 

Depending on how the claims process goes, you may need to file a lawsuit against the pet owner. This is a way to receive compensation for the dog bite.

Proving a Dog Bite Case

There are varying degrees of difficulty in proving liability for a dog bite. Your lawyer will know all local laws pertaining to pets in the area you were bitten.

Some jurisdictions will hold an owner liable if the dog has bitten someone before or has an aggressive history. In general, dog owners have a responsibility to the public to ensure their animal can’t hurt someone if the victim is in a public place.

It’s possible that multiple parties are responsible for your injuries. A property owner, business owner, dog owner, keeper, or harborer could all be held financially accountable.

At The Richards Firm, we are experienced in representing injured parties in dog bite cases as well as many other personal injury incidents. Being bitten by a dog is never a fun experience. We are passionate about helping you obtain justice and the compensation that you deserve. 

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