Despite the traumatization that can come from a dog bite, it’s usually pretty clear who’s at fault in the case. The problem, though, comes from people who want to claim they are not liable for your injury. There are a few reasons you should get a lawyer if you have a dog bit case.
The Other Party May Not See It Your Way
If someone’s dog bites you, they may see at as only an accident or something that won’t happen again. It’s hard for people to think of their precious family pet hurting someone. Because of this, they may see you as the person at fault in the case. They may even want to counter sue you after you’ve sued them for the dog bite. Obtaining an attorney won’t protect you from being sued, but it can help you fight any case that might come up.
Damage from a Dog Bite Could Be Long-Lasting
Even if you only have a small puncture wound now, there could be lasting damage that doesn’t appear until down the road. If you have minor injuries and don’t pursue the case, you might not have the chance to do it later when you realize you have an infection or nerve damage. Dog bites are an area of personal injury law that you can pursue.
You May Be Entitled to More
If you receive compensation as a result of a lawsuit in a dog bite case, you may be able to get even more money from it. An attorney knows the standard amount you can get from dog bite cases and could help you get what you deserve. If you’re not using an attorney, you could be missing out on money that comes from your lawsuit.
Going to Court Alone Is Not Always Easy
It’s your choice to sue the owner. If you do choose to sue, you’ll be taken more seriously in court if you have an attorney representing you. It’s a great idea especially because in some states you can include attorney fees in the amount you get back from the person whose dog injured you.
Even though dog bites can be scary, you have options. You don’t have to deal with the pain and suffering that come from dog bites alone just because it happened to you. An attorney can help you through the process and help protect your rights while you’re suing someone after their dog bites you.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at facebook.com/lizzie.weakley.