What To Do After A Dog Bite
While some dogs make great companions, it is not the case for all of them. Not every pet is as friendly as we would like them to be. Although owners are in charge of keeping an eye on their dog, accidents sometimes happen. If you’ve been injured because of a dog bite, Sadler Injury Law Group LLC can help. We have helped clients throughout Washington, and we can help you too.
The first thing you should do if you have been attacked by a dog is to seek medical attention. Without seeing a doctor, a bite can lead to a serious injury or result in an infection. After that, your next step is to talk to an attorney. Our firm will be able to evaluate your case and determine all of your possible options. We have resources at hand who can help us build the strongest possible case.
Will Insurance Cover My Claim?
An owner is legally responsible for any harm their pet may cause. This means that even if they tried to prevent the accident, they are still liable for any damages. Depending on your case, you may be able to pursue an insurance claim against the dog owner’s insurance company. Some homeowners have policies that have a clause specifically for animal bites. You also can file a lawsuit against the owner for damages. This can include medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you may have suffered.
When a lawsuit is filed, each side gathers evidence proving their case. The length of this process depends on the severity of the injury and the evidence provided. Often times these cases can be settled out of court if both parties can come to an agreement. If so, it can take between 30 and 90 days after the accident. If an agreement can’t be reached, it could take up to a year. This is where our law firm can help. Whether it is negotiating a settlement or fighting in court, we will not back down.
Call Today To Discuss Your Options
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Tacoma office today at 253-573-1700 or fill out our contact form.