Call (800) 863-5312 to Speak with Our Attorneys
Dog bites can cause serious injuries and trauma to victims. The period after the bite can be especially confusing as you recover from your injuries and consider your next steps. During this process, one of the most important steps will be to contact experienced dog bite lawyers to potentially help you pursue any compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, call the dog bite attorneys from Zinda Law Group at (512) 246-2224 for a free consultation. If we are unable to win your case, you will not owe us anything.
Types of Dog Bite Lawsuits
When a dog attacks another dog, both dogs and humans may be injured. Humans may often be injured trying to break up the fight between dogs. Further, even though homeowner’s insurance policies may cover a human’s pain and suffering, these policies will generally not cover a dog’s pain and suffering.
Children Bitten by Dogs
Dog attacks on children may be especially complex. Children bitten by dogs frequently require not only medical treatment for physical injuries but also treatment for emotional and mental suffering such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Non-aggressive Dog Accidents
However, not all dog bites and injuries are caused by a dog intentionally attacking a human. Dogs may accidentally bite humans as a result of overly rough play. Other accidental bites may occur from a dog trying to bite food or another object.
Common Dog Attack Injuries
Facial injuries are often some of the most common injuries suffered from dog bites. If you have been bitten in the face, you may have needed surgery or stitches. Scars also commonly result from these facial injuries. Common facial injuries include fractured skulls or jaw bones, eye injuries, scars, cuts and lacerations, broken nose, or other injuries.
Dog bites also frequently leave victims with open wounds. As a result, these wounds may often leave victims with infections, disfigurement, or permanent scarring.
Open wounds caused by dog bites often leave victims vulnerable to infections, which may include tetanus and staph infections, among others.
Dog bites may also sometimes crush or damage internal organs and muscles. The incredible force of dog bites can cause severe internal injuries to a victim. These injuries may result in crippling and permanent muscle damage.
I had the best experience with the Zinda law Group! Shivangi Was the the most professional and caring attorney anyone could ask for! She did everything in a timely matter and answered all the questions I could ever think of. Her paralegal, Danielle was always there for me throughout the entire process. She worked around my schedule and was very consistent about helping me in any way she could. If I could give this team 6 stars I would!! I highly recommend to anyone looking for the best team! I had the privilege of working with Zinda Law Group recently and was thoroughly impressed with the level of service and support they provided. When we began, I had reservations about the likelihood of reaching a settlement, but the team's professionalism, intelligence, and dedication quickly put those doubts to rest. They went above and beyond to ensure that I was informed and comfortable throughout the process, and their hard work and strong advocacy ultimately led to a successful outcome. I cannot thank Zinda Law Group and their staff enough for their exceptional service and support, and I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of legal assistance. Their commitment to their clients and their willingness to fight for what's right truly sets them apart. In short, I give them a rating of five stars for their outstanding work. Zinda Law Group is amazing! My husband was in an accident and they made the process super easy and hassle free. They took care of everything, we are so appreciative for them! They exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be telling everyone we know about them. Thank you Zinda Law for everything! Zinda Law Group is an amazing firm! My case was not without its challenges, but they handled it all in stride. They kept me up to date, kept me informed every step of the way, and ensured I understood the process and all of my options. Burgess, Ryan and their extremely capable staff of Paralegals made a very challenging process as painless as possible. They were kind, compassionate, and patient, and just a real pleasure to work with. I would, and will, recommend them highly to anyone needing an attorney. My experience with Zinda Law Group was pretty awesome. I definitely would recommend their Law firm. Brendan and his team were very friendly, helpful and informative about my case and were able to win as well. I really appreciate all of their hard work and dedication, I highly recommend.Thank you all again for your help and your time.Sincerely,Pat.b I was very satisfied with the professionalism of my attorney and the paralegals, they helped me threw this accident and got me a great settlement, all while keeping me involved and informed. Zinda law group made me feel comfortable and I trusted them to fight for me. The trust was well placed! Thank Yous, I appreciate all that Yous done for me and my family!! I’ve had such a great experience with Zinda law group! They’ve handled everything relatively quickly and professionally. They really have made my life a lot easier. I recommend anyone dealing with auto accidents (or similarly) to Zinda Law group.I felt I was very important to them and that my feelings and thoughts were validated. They treated me with much care and respect, not like “just another client”. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I truly recommend Zinda law group they truly helped me and my family during such a hard hard time. Very accommodating they work extremely hard to make sure that you are compensated from start to finish they made it happen and made a rough time a lot smoother than I could of ever imagined thank you all for everything if you are looking for a lawyer that goes above beyond look no further Michael will get you taken care of! Zinda Law did an excellent job for us from start to finish. They communicated clearly and their staff was great! My son Nic was in a car accident and had an injury to his eye. Zinda Law took care of everything start to finish and obtained the maximum amount possible from insurance for his injury. I am so glad I called Zinda law group. being hit by a drink driver was the worst experience of my life physically and emotionally. As soon as I reached out they got the ball rolling with all my medical needs. They were in contact with all of my appointments and made my recovery as smooth as possible. I would definitely without a doubt recommend them. A huge shout out to Shivangi for taking over and fighting for what my family and I deserved. My experience with Zinda Law Group has been OUTSTANDING! Big shoutout to Joe Caputo and his team!I was the passenger in a terrible car accident that left me needing medical attention. The person at faults insurance company reassured me that my medical bills would be taken care of. However, that was not the case. I started receiving multiple calls from debt collectors, and bill after bill by mail. The driver’s insurance company no longer returned my calls, and emails went unanswered. I was so stressed and over my head with how to handle the situation. It was time to call the pros! As soon as I made the call to Zinda Law Group, Joe and his team I were on it! I no longer received calls from debt collectors, so I knew action was taken immediately. I was informed every step of the way, and every call/email was answered. Had I called sooner, I would have never gone through all that stress. I was treated like a friend, not just a client.Thank you Zinda Law Group! I hired Zinda for a crazy situation involving an 18 wheeler where an object flew off a trailer and blasted through my windshield.I reached out to Zinda and spoke with Michael Cupero, my attorney at Zinda, after the accident once I realized this is affecting my day to day life in a significant way (PTSD from a "Final Destination" type of incident) and Michael was nothing short of fantastic through the entire process.The Zinda team, including Michael and Mary-Catherine Holt and several others, guided me through the entire process from initial settlement offers, filing the lawsuit, depositions, the whole 9.They listened to my concerns, provided clarity and perspective when needed, and not once did I feel that my best interest was not at the forefront of their actions and behavior through my experience as a client.Thank you Michael, Mary-Catherine and Zinda!If you want a team that will treat you with professionalism, respect, and understanding then do yourself a favor and reach out to Zinda! Extremely professional and communicative . They explained the process as we went along and made it very clear weighting pros and cons. They understood my pain and my worries but kept their expertise always on the top of things finding elements for me to win my case. I am thankful to have had Zinda Law Group to support me during those two years as it finalized and I can keep on living. My experience with Zinda law group has been wonderful from start to finish. Natasha and Emily explained everything very well and answered any questions I had, communicated well throughout the whole process , and handled the case very professionally, they worked very hard on my case I would definitely highly recommend to friends and family. I found myself in a situation where I needed legal representation. After looking over reviews in the area, I decided to contact Natasha at Zinda law group in the hopes that she could represent me . Natasha put me at ease with her responsiveness and her ability to accommodate my last minute needs. I had no idea what to expect. It felt like a wave of relief knowing that you're working with a professional that knows what she's doing, and knows how to get things done quickly and efficiently. I appreciate the time and attention that Natasha put into my case. I hope I won't be needing their services again in the future, but I would absolutely contact them again if I do. Thanks again I am very satisfied with the service and the outcome of my case.Since the first phone call, and every step of the way until the end, Zinda Law was on top of every detail pertaining to my auto accident case.The case is now closed, and looking back, they made every step of the process easy and manageable. They were very thorough in explaining the different scenarios, and extremely transparent with all the possible outcomes.Thank you to every person who aided in the success of my case, all of whom were exceptional in their tasks and working as a team. The Zinda Law Group was outstanding in helping me with my aunts case. My two Attorneys Neil and Shivangi were very compassionate, kind, eager to help, and really listen carefully and attentively to my case about my aunt. My aunt got hit by a driver while crossing the street and killed. I went after the guys insurance; although, this doesn't bring back my aunt, but allows for this not to happen to other people like this in her case. These attorneys worked very hard and efficiently to bring the justice that they saw fit. When I had a question they explained in terms I understood and not above and beyond me. I appreciate it when people can come down to my level and not intimidate and use trepidation on someone in feeling like they are the fly while they're the spider waiting for the right moment for the fly to walk into its web.Neil and Shivangi always whenever they called asked me how I was at the beginning of our conversations and is there anything I needed at the end of each call. Each call they made to me, was made very professional, personable and felt heart felt as if you were part of the family. At the end of each subject matter they always asked, "Do you have any questions for me before we go to the next thing we need to talk about?" They always wanted to make sure I understood everything before the next item we needed to talk about. These guys really are good and want to please the client anyway they can I thought; when I first started talking to them. I give them above and beyond a 5-Star rating if there was such a thing. I Highly Recommend The Zinda Law Group to Anyone who needs them. This is what I give them if I could!!💯💯💯💯💯 and👍👍👍👍👍 and⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐❗❗❗THANK YOU TO NEIL, SHIVANGI, MARA AND TO EVERYONE AT THE ZINDA LAW GROUP WHO WORKED ON MY CASE!! I APPRECIATE YOU ALL! I would like to recognize a fantastic attorney named Joe Caputo from Zinda Law Group. I was involved in an auto accident that had many complicated moving parts that were hard to navigate and understand as a victim. Joe was so gracious and spent quality time explaining what courses of action I needed to take as a victim to protect myself. Joe was also diligent in following up with me regarding my case and provided guides and checklists that were extremely helpful to keep things organized and moving. Joe was always readily available for my questions and responded promptly. Joe Caputo's excellent counsel ensured I protected myself when dealing with the opposing insurance company and ensured the best possible outcome for my case. Joe's expertise in personal injury lawsuits helped alleviate the stress and anxiety that follows the aftermath of an auto accident. Thanks again Joe! You are truly an amazing, kind person and attorney! Zinda Law was incredibly amazing. I had the pleasure of working with Michael and his incredibly hard working team after my wreck in November. They went above and beyond keeping up with my health, bills, insurance companies, all that fun stuff I had no time for. After what felt like such a short amount of time, they were able to win every last penny from the "bad guys" insurance (loved that term). I couldn't happier, and even though I went through something traumatic, it was still the best experience I could have ever asked for. Thank you Michael and everyone that helped with my case, yall are the best!! My attorney was Christina , she and her team gave me the best outcome for my case .I am giving an honesty review at first I was very upset because I kept getting moved around and I never knew who I was talking to because they switch attorneys and kept changing my paralegals.. I was going to go with another law firm but Christina helped me with my case from then on out and she worked around my schedule to talk to me which I appreciate. Also my last law firm took 30 percent, and this one took 33 percent which I wasn’t to happy so just a heads up. Overall I rate this 4 stars cause I’m just happy the case is over with and I get to go back to my life.Update: I just received another call from my attorney and they have worked to negotiate my case with the billing and have put more money in my pocket. All the money that I had spent while working on the case has came back to me. I can fully move on and say that I have gain every penny that was lose during those hard times. I’m so happy and thankful to Zinda law group!!!!!! Zinda Law Group did an excellent job with my case. The staff was super friendly and super effective as far as communicating with me throughout the entire case. I highly recommend Zinda Law Group for your next case and for any of your future cases. 5 Stars across the board thank you so much for everything! Joh Harper, Priyonka Bhikha, and the rest of the team gave my case a quick and satisfactory conclusion. The attorney, Mr. Harper did an absolutely amazing job keeping me on the same page as far as the case goes. Honestly, if anybody is hurt in a car wreck or another personal injury case, I WILL STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU SPEAK TO THEM. I was in a motor vehicle collision about two years ago. From the minute I picked up the phone to speak with a representative to the case finally settling, it was a great experience. I worked with Burgess Williams and his team (Kathy, Ryan, and Linda) throughout the process. They were all very professional and helpful when I needed them the most. Great Firm. I was in motorcycle accident- T-boned at a full stop with my daughter riding on back. Zinda's team was instantly responsive. Christina was very compassionate, organized and scheduled time before every legal event to discuss goals and overview. The process was 2 years but during that time the lawyers and staff (John and Shane were also great) were always available and understanding. The team is focused on doing what is right and by the book. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who is suffering from a motorcycle accident. Jason Aldridge and his paralegal Mara did an absolutely amazing job on my case. They were very responsive to all emails, calls and even texts. They treated me with dignity and respect from start to finish. I never once felt like my case was at the back of the list or anything. Not only did they explain and walked me through everything, they got me the help I needed and a final outcome over what I had expected. I would highly recommend this law firm, Jason and Mara to anyone seeking legal assistance. Highly Recommended-100% Satisfied!.From the initial phone call I felt confident I chose the right firm. They explained the process and I was always in the loop, even when we were at a stand still. Very grateful I was quickly referred to them by a friend who had a similar case. Both of us are happy with the end result. Thank you! My team of lawyer were very professional and communicated extremely clearly. They kept me updated on their status and did not make me worry at all about my situation. They explained everything to me very well and put things into simple terms for my understanding. I am very satisfied with their performance. I would recommend them to anyone that's been involved in an accident and feels skeptical in engaging an attorney.When one gets into an accident, you're traumatized, confused, angry and helpless.That was me last year, getting all kinds of advice becomes your next norm, to use or not to use an attorney.I was in so much pain from my injuries but at the same time knew I had to act fast.I called Zinda Law Group for consultation, they took my case seriously and treated me with respect, they were very professional and understanding.Elizabeth, kudos to you, you're true to your word, Integrity should be your last name.Jason Aldridge my attorney went to work immediately, he assured me that all be well and I should concentrate on my healing and he will do the rest. Thank your Sir, You did just that.His team, Mara, Zuleyma and Andrew, they all become my support system, so professional and lots of respect in each and everyphone call or email. Thank you guys.I would recommend anyone to use Zinda Law Group. I honestly loved not dealing with the hospital bills while I was recuperating. It gave me peace of mind going through this process and Zinda took care of everything. They found awesome health providers for me and haven't had to worry about anything while they've been taking my case. I've been well informed, communicated with, responded to and understood by Zinda. They have been efficient and effective while working on my case and I'm so glad I choose to go with this law firm. When I was injured in a car accident in March of 2020 the insurance companies were not concerned with my well being. I called Zinda Law group & spoke with Reagan, who went over my concerns & later had Jono contact me. After reviewing my information with Jono my case was immediately put in motion. I worked mainly with Sam Thomas who truly was a blessing to me, he was very supportive & genuinely concerned with my well being, everything wasn't simply about the case it was about me being healed & getting the proper treatment that I needed. Sam was also emotionally supportive when I went through several losses in my family & is a great friend. In all everyone was extremely supportive & all worked for me which was quite a different legal experience for me from Law groups in my past. I was well supported, always informed, treated with respect & made the priority in all decisions. Zinda Law Group made sure I was compensated completely & that I didn't have financial stresses over hospital bills after all was said & done. Sam, Katrina, Mary Catherine, Reagan & Jono I just want to thank you & all of Zinda for the incredible experience & the wonderful caring people that you all are, you are truly Golden in your field. I am so glad I got in touch with Zinda! My car accident occurred just 4 days prior to moving, during the busiest week of the year at my job, and just a week before the quarantine was declared a new reality for all of us. Everyone at Zinda remained persistent, supportive, and most of all advocated for me throughout such a chaotic time. I’ll always be grateful for the care they took to make sure my health and well-being were taken care of. So super grateful to know that a split second mistake someone else made doesn’t have to dictate my life. Thanks! My experience with Zinda Law Group was better than expected. After an accident that totalled my car, I reached out and was paired with a wonderful attorney. She communicated frequently and responded to my calls and texts in a timely manner. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and answered all of my questions. I was kept in the loop during every step of the process. I would call Zinda Law if I ever need this type of support again. I had an excellent experience working with the attorneys at Zinda Law Group! They were knowledgeable, professional and patient. They walked me through every step of the long process of getting treatment after my car wreck and kept me updated with timeframes and next steps. I would absolutely recommend anyone working with them! I was referred here by a family member. Our lawyer jason and his team did and amazing job. They kept me updated in everything made sure I understood what was going on. My son was hit by a van in the hospital jason came right over. He's awesome so much down to earth straight forward. I would recommend him and his firm to everyone and I have thank you zinda but most of all thank you Jason for being there for us for being a friend Zinda Law Group was recommended to me from another satisfied client and I certainly received excellent service. The attorneys and staff are very proactive with communication and I knew every step of the way what was happening on my case. I never felt pressured with decision making and they went above & beyond to answer questions with satifactory explanations. This is a very professional group of attorneys & support staff. In addition, they were willing to meet me at a location more convenient for me. I appreciated their concern for my time. Could not speak highly enough of the firm. I was involved in my first accident and thankfully had Zinda Law Group supporting me through the scary time. Jono took care of me every step of the way. He made me feel like I was a priority through the entire process. A big thank you to Jono and the rest of the Zinda crew!
What to Do After Being Bitten by a Dog
1. Seek Medical Attention
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you have been bitten by a dog. A medical professional can identify any injuries you may have suffered. Medical care can also determine whether you suffered any less obvious injuries or internal injuries.
You should keep detailed documentation of any medical records, including any records of your injuries, diagnosis, and treatment. This documentation can often be crucial in pursuing compensation for your injuries.
2. Document the Incident
After you have received medical attention for your injuries, you should thoroughly document the incident. You should collect contact information for any witnesses. If possible, take pictures of the dog that bit you, any visible injuries you suffered, and any environmental factors that may have contributed to the attack.
3. Report the Dog Bite to Animal Control Authorities
You should also report the dog bite to your local animal control authorities. Reporting the dog bite may help you discover the identity of the dog’s owner as well as learn such important factors as whether the dog has previously bitten or otherwise attacked someone.
4. Contact Experienced Dog Bite Lawyers Near You
One of the most important steps to take after being bitten by a dog will be to contact an experienced dog bite attorney. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you consider your options. Your attorney may help you determine if you may be entitled to compensation and how best to pursue any such compensation.
Determining Liability in a Dog Bite Case
Determining another person’s liability for a dog bite will depend on whether negligence or strict liability applies. If the dog owner’s negligence or carelessness led to the dog bite, then negligence law will typically apply. Here, liability will generally be based upon showing the owner had a duty to exercise reasonable care to control the dog’s behavior and prevent bites. Next, there must be a showing that the owner breached that duty, such as by failing to properly leash the dog. Finally, the victim must generally show that harm occurred as a result.
In some states, strict liability may apply to dog bites. If so, owners may be automatically liable for any injury caused by their dog, regardless of any negligent behavior.
To determine the owner’s strict liability, you will generally need to show:
- you were bit by the dog
- the dog belonged to the owner at the time of the incident.
However, some states first require that a victim show:
- the dog had “dangerous propensities”
- the dog’s owner either knew or should have known of these dangerous propensities.
Knowledge may be shown where the dog has previously bitten someone, known as the “one-bite rule.” Knowledge may also be proven by showing other aggressive conduct such as lunging, snapping, excessive barking or snarling, and similar behavior.
Finally, homeowners may be found liable for dog bites that occur on their property, even if they do not own the dog. Generally, such liability will require a showing of negligence on the homeowner’s part.
Learn More: Who to Blame for a Dog Bite?
Dog Owner Responsibility
Many states may have either state or local laws governing the responsibility a dog owner may have for their dog. While these laws vary from state to state, they may require owners to properly leash or muzzle their dogs when in public.
Other laws may require owners to close off their property containing a dog or post warning signs on the property. If your state has any such regulations in effect, the dog’s owner may be liable if their dog bites someone. Ultimately, you should check your state and local laws for specific rules that dog owners must follow.
Who Can I Sue?
Typically, the most common party to sue if you have been bitten by a dog will be the dog’s owner. The dog’s owner may be liable if the dog bites you, especially if the owner was negligent in failing to properly restrain the dog, such as by not complying with a local leash law. The owner may also be liable in some cases if the dog’s “dangerous propensities” were already known, such as if the dog had previously bitten someone.
Further, you may also be able to sue the homeowner if the dog bite occurred on the homeowner’s property. Generally, the homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy may cover these claims. These policies typically provide coverage for any injuries, damages, or accidents that may occur on the homeowner’s property, including dog bites.
Motor Vehicle Collision
Motor Vehicle Collision
Motor Vehicle Collision
Motor Vehicle Collision
Motor Vehicle Collision
Filing a Dog Bite Claim
1. Speak with an Attorney
The most important step in seeking any compensation you may be entitled to is to contact an experienced dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. To pursue compensation, you may often need a lawyer who knows the laws concerning dog bites. By speaking with an attorney, you may better understand your options for seeking compensation from the dog’s owner or the owner’s insurer. Finally, an attorney may handle your claim for compensation for you.
After you have hired an attorney, your attorney may conduct a thorough investigation of the incident. During this investigation, the lawyer may gather any available evidence to show the dog owner’s liability. This evidence includes any possible negligence of the dog owner such as failing to keep the dog leashed or otherwise properly restrained. Your lawyer may also interview witnesses to the dog bite. Finally, your lawyer may investigate the local and state laws where you were bitten to determine whether the dog’s owner violated any leash laws or other relevant statutes or ordinances.
After an investigation, your attorney may then negotiate with the other party or their insurer. An insurer will have its own attorneys experienced in reducing the insurer’s costs as much as possible. Often, your attorney may make an offer, which will typically be rejected and met with a counteroffer by the insurer. This negotiation may go back and forth between the two sides until a mutually agreeable settlement is reached.
However, your attorney may be unable to reach a satisfactory settlement. If so, your attorney may then take your case to trial. Here, your lawyer may present evidence showing the dog owner’s negligence or liability for your injuries and damages from the dog bite.
Dog Bite Compensation
If you are successful in proving liability, you may be entitled to compensation. Compensation for dog bite victims is typically calculated by adding any economic damages together with any non-economic damages, including:
- Medical Expenses: These expenses include any medical costs you incurred as a result of the dog bite, including ambulance fees, diagnosis and examination costs, and any necessary treatment such as surgery, medication, or therapy.
- Lost Wages: You may be able to seek compensation for any loss of income resulting from any inability to work as you recovered from injuries suffered from the dog bite.
- Loss of Earning Potential: You may also be able to pursue compensation for any loss of earning potential if you are now no longer able to earn the same level of income or perform the necessary job duties for your occupation. Calculating the amount of these damages will take into consideration your salary before and after the dog bite as well as your age and any other potentially relevant factors.
- Pain and Suffering: Damages for pain and suffering may also be available for the pain and anguish you may have suffered as a result of your injuries from the dog bite. Pain and suffering damages are generally calculated on a case-by-case basis. This calculation will take into consideration both the severity of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life.
Statute of Limitations
If you are seeking compensation for a dog bite, any lawsuit must be brought within a certain time frame after you were bitten. Each state has a statute of limitations specifying this time limit. Any lawsuit brought after this time limit will usually not be allowed. The statute of limitations for dog bites varies, but typically ranges between one to six years. Many states have a statute of limitations of two or three years, mirroring the time limits for other personal injury claims.
Why Hire a Dog Bite Lawyer?
Hiring an experienced dog bite lawyer may often be crucial in seeking any compensation you may be entitled to. Insurers will have many lawyers whose only job is to save the insurer as much as money as possible, by paying you as little as possible. An attorney may help you file your claim seeking compensation, investigate the facts, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
By hiring an attorney, you may rely on them to handle your claim. They may also present a more formidable opponent to the insurer’s own lawyers. Often, insurers may base settlement offers on their perception of the likely outcome at trial. A dog bite lawyer may strengthen your case and your bargaining position to gain more favorable settlement offers from the insurer.
GET HELP FROM A DOG BITE LAWYER TODAY
At Zinda Law Group, our dog bite attorneys and child dog bite attorneys are here to assist you with your claim. We help our clients pursue the maximum compensation they may be entitled to as a victim of a dog bite.
Call (512) 246-2224 today for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. As one of our clients, you will not pay anything unless we can win your dog bite case.
Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2016-2020)
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2021), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2021), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), & NEIL SOLOMON (2020-2021)
AWARDED TO JACK ZINDA (2016-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2016 – 2020) & BURGESS WILLIAMS (2016-2017)
LIFETIME MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA & JOE CAPUTO
Dog Bite FAQs
Can I get compensation for a dog bite?
You may be entitled to compensation if you have been bitten by a dog. However, you will first need to prove liability on the part of the dog’s owner or insurer. You may be able to pursue compensation if you can show that the dog owner was negligent. You may also be able to seek compensation in states that hold dog owners strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs.
However, you may be unable to seek compensation in some cases. For instance, states that still recognize the “one-bite rule” may not hold dog owners liable if the owner did not have prior knowledge of the dog’s “dangerous propensities.” Further, if you are unable to prove negligence on the part of the dog’s owner, you may also not be able to pursue compensation for your injuries.
How long after a dog bite can you sue?
You can usually file a lawsuit seeking compensation for a dog bite so long as you are within the statute of limitations for dog bites. Most states generally have a time limit ranging from one to six years. However, the typical time limit is often two or three years.
How long does it take for a dog bite settlement?
The amount of time that it may take to possibly reach a settlement in a dog bite case varies from case to case. The length of time often depends on several factors. These include the:
- extent of your injuries;
- amount of investigation required into the dog bite;
- strength of your case; and
- success of your attorney in negotiating a possible settlement that avoids trial.
If your case goes to trial, it may take significantly longer to conclude. Often, it may take as little as six months to reach a settlement in your case, or as long as two years or more, especially if your case goes to trial.
Case Results for Dog Bites