Birmingham Dog Bite Attorney
Lawsuits After Animal Attacks
Were you attacked by a neighbor’s dog? Did a stranger’s pet bite you while you were walking down the street? In either situation, Guster Law Firm, LLC and our Birmingham dog bite lawyers can help you explore your legal rights and demand the full compensation that you deserve. Our law firm has been fighting for the wrongfully injured since 2002, so you know you can trust us to make the most of your claim.
Call (205) 581-9777 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with our firm.
Alabama Dog Bite Law
Alabama has a fairly complex set of laws regarding dog bites, which can make filing a dog bite claim difficult if you are not familiar with the law yourself. There are laws related to dog attacks involving welcome guests, leashes, vicious animals, and so on. Our dog bite lawyers would be happy to help you understand how the law applies to your case and what that might mean for liability and damages.
Overall, though, dog owners are usually difficult to hold liable for a dog bite if that dog has not shown a propensity for violence or aggression before. In some contexts, this rule is called a “one-bite law,” which largely excuses a dog owner for the first time their dog attacks someone. However, a common-law negligence claim can be filed after most first-time dog attacks, which seek damages from the dog owner’s applicable insurance policies like homeowners’ insurance.
Injuries Caused by Dog Attacks
Dog attacks can cause varying injuries depending on the size of the dog, the health or age of the victim, and the violence of the attack. Some victims might be relatively unharmed while others can suffer permanent and life-changing injuries.
A dog bite can cause the following injuries and more:
- Deep lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Permanent scarring
- Nerve damage
- Severe infection
- Broken bones
The mental and emotional injuries caused by a dog attack need to be considered when filing a claim as well. Many dog bite survivors are forever traumatized by the attack. Seeing a dog of any breed can cause them to feel afraid, uneasy, or panicked, which are all post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
Damages Available to Dog Bite Victims
You can file a claim or lawsuit to demand varying damages after a dog attack or bite. As your chosen legal representative, it will be part of our job to make certain all damages are considered and calculated accurately. The goal is to get you as much compensation as possible for what you have been through, giving you the best chances possible to return to something that feels like “normal” again.
You might be able to get the following damages and more through your claim:
- Medical treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Therapy costs
- Pain and suffering damages
When we are working on your damages, we will consider both what you have experienced and what you will likely experience in the future. Lasting trauma can be the worst part of a dog attack, so we want to ensure you are fairly compensated for everything.
Here to Support You After a Traumatizing Experience
After a dog attack, you should get contact information from the dog’s owner, take pictures of the dog and your injuries, see a doctor, and call (205) 581-9777. Our Birmingham dog bite lawyers can assist you with every part of your claim, starting with determining liability and what insurance policies can be filed against. Meanwhile, you can pay attention to yourself and your health.
Schedule your free case consultation with Guster Law Firm, LLC today!
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