Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog Bite Lawyer: Understanding Liability
Each and every year, there are over 4 million dog bites throughout the United States. To make matters worse, every fifth dog bite is so severe that it requires medical assistance. Dog bites are severe injuries and should not be treated lightly. Dog bites can leave victims with long-term and debilitating injuries and huge medical bills. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you should consider seeing a doctor or a medical professional as soon as possible, and afterwards you should consider speaking with a skilled dog bite attorney about your legal options going forward.
Oftentimes, dog bite victims are bitten by dogs belonging to friends or family. Due to this, many victims might be reluctant to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner. But this is a mistake since a dog owner’s home insurance policy is liable for injuries suffered from a dog attack. Here at The Advocates our dog bite lawyers can help you file a claim against the liable party’s home insurance policy in a professional and considerate manner.
Idaho Dog Bite Laws
As far as dog bites are concerned, Idaho is what is known as a ‘one-bite’ state. This means that a dog owner cannot be found liable for a dog bite according to Idaho law unless the owner knows or should know that their dog is a threat to others. Idaho bases most animal injury cases on laws used for common negligence. If an owner is found to have not acted in a way that prevented the dog from harming another person or did not take the proper safety precautions then they can be found liable for any injuries their dog caused. The best way, however, to understand the ins and outs of Idaho’s liability laws is to have a consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer.
In the last year dog bite settlement statistics were compiled, the average home insurance claim for dog bites was over $32,000. The average of the previous year, 2013, was only $27,000. The state with the highest average, over $56,000 per claim, was New York State. Given that no two dog bite incidents are ever the same, you should not expect to receive a settlement this high. Dog bite settlements are mostly based on the severity of the dog attack and the total length of medical treatment the victim must undergo. If you would like additional information about what to expect, do not hesitate to contact a dog bite attorney with The Advocates today. We’ll answer allyour legal questions in a free consultation. Call 208-995-2444 today
Dog bite claims typically take several months to a year to settle.If your case does not have disputed liability issues, then your case will likely settle out of court and you could expect a settlement within a year’s time. However, if your case proves problematic then a lawsuit might have to be filed and, unfortunately, litigation is a lengthy process that can years. So, if your dog bite claim must go to the courts be prepared for a long wait before you see any sort of compensation
The short answer is no. By filing a dog bite injury claim, any eventual settlement you receive will be paid by their homeowner’s insurance policy and not directly from your friend or neighbor. Dog bite injury claims can quickly become complex since the relevant laws regarding liability vary from state to state, sometimes even from one county to the next. If you would like to speak in greater detail about your situation,please call our office at 208-995-2444 today to speak with one of The Advocates experienced dog bite injury lawyers.You deserve an Advocate!
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can produce several different kinds of injuries. Depending on the size and breed of the dog, injuries can be as minor as a small scratch to more severe injuries like broken bones or torn muscles and ligaments. Below is a list of the most common types of injuries The Advocates’ dog bite lawyers see:
- Skin punctures
- Facial disfigurement
- Scratches and cuts
- Broken bones
- Muscle and ligament damage
- Nerve damage
- Impairment of the hands, feet, and legs
- Psychological trauma
Contact an Idaho Dog Bite Attorney With The Advocates
If you’ve been bitten by a dog due to the negligence of its owner, you will need an Advocate on your side. The dog bite attorneys with the Idaho Advocates have decades of experience helping dog bite victims like you recover legal compensation for their injuries and losses. We know best how to build a successful dog bite injury claim. Our dog bite lawyers are available 7 days a week to freely consult with you about your case. Do not hesitate to contact us today. Call 208-995-2444 or chat online now with a live dog bite lawyer. The Idaho Advocates will help you get back on the road to recovery. You deserve an Advocate!