If you live in Virginia or Maryland and a dog has bitten you or a loved one, you may have legal rights to recover money for your physical or emotional injuries.
Dog bites unfortunately occur every day in the U.S. In fact, the federal government estimates that nearly 4.7 million dog bites occur annually, with about 885,000 of those bites requiring medical care.
You may, for example, have a legal claim against a dog owner if you have been bitten by a dog with a known propensity to attack or bite humans. A dog owner also can be sued if his or her dog attacks you while unrestrained in violation of a leash law or if it has been allowed to roam free.
Dog bites can cause serious injuries. Fingers and toes can be severed. Facial scarring and disfigurement can result. Puncture wounds can damage nerves or lead to infections. The law allows recovery for medical bills, lost wages, and the physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with dog bite injuries.
Regrettably, many dog bite victims are children. If your child has been injured because of a dog bite, you can pursue a potential legal claim on his or her behalf.
If you or your child has suffered a serious injury because of a dog bite, contact me to discuss your potential legal rights.
Your initial consultation is free, and I don’t recover any legal fees until a case is settled or a verdict is obtained at trial. I can explain your legal rights, your likely compensation, and how I can represent you or your injured child.
My law practice is devoted solely to representing individuals in Virginia and Maryland who have suffered personal injuries due to no fault of their own. If you decide to pursue your legal rights, I can assist you by tracking down records, tapping into a network of medical experts if necessary, and negotiating a fair settlement.
Many dog bite victims know the dog that attacks them, as well as its owners. Home owner and renter policies often cover damages caused by dog bites, which means that dog owners themselves usually don’t have to pay out of pocket for injuries caused by their dogs. Landlords and property owner associations may also be responsible for your damages in certain circumstances.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money by collecting and investing premiums. They are not your friend. They do everything within their power to avoid paying on claims, or at least minimizing what they pay, so they can increase their profits.
Having a lawyer on your side helps immensely in fighting a fair fight with insurance companies and obtaining the compensation you deserve. An insurance company is much more likely to negotiate a fair settlement if they know a lawyer is representing a dog bite injury victim and a lawsuit is a legitimate possibility.
Don’t delay. If you have been injured by a dog bite in Virginia or Maryland D.C., call me so I can help you assess your legal rights. You can also use my online contact form.
I have offices in Tyson’s Corner, VA; Manassas, VA; Alexandria, VA; Wheaton, MD; Hyattsville, MD; and Gaithersburg, MD.