Hiring a Dog Bite LawyerLast updated on: March 4, 2015
When deciding whether or not to hire an attorney after a dog bite you should consider whether or not you will net a higher recovery after paying an attorney than before.
When deciding to hire a lawyer ask yourself the following questions:
Did I suffer very “minor” injury cases?
The answer in this situation is ‘maybe’. It is important to always carefully consider your options. If your case involves personal injuries, a more detailed analysis is required. If the injuries are minor and you fully recover from the injuries in a few days, you may not need an attorney. Minor injuries are ones that result in less than a $1,000.00 in medical bills and there is no scarring or continuing mental issues due to the attack.
Do I continue to have mental anguish due to the dog bite?
Many times the most difficult part of a dog bite is the fear that from dogs that result after an attack. If the dog bite was frightening or you continue to have problems with fear, anxiety or distress after a dog bite you should at least consult with an attorney to see if you have a case.
Was I or a loved one severely injured or killed?
If your case involves anything more than minor injuries, it is likely that you will benefit by hiring an attorney. Most people do not typically have the necessary negotiation skills, knowledge of the law and experience in evaluating damages to obtain a fair settlement value for major injury cases.
As such, when negotiating with an insurance adjuster, non-lawyers are at a distinct disadvantage. Do not be misled by the adjuster’s statements that hiring an attorney will reduce your net settlement or delay payment for your claim. The insurance industries own statistics do not support these statements. In 2004, the Insurance Resource Council completed a study that found that people who used an attorney received an average of 3½ times more money in settlement than those individuals who settled on their own. Thus, if you seek to obtain a fair settlement for your injuries, the use of an experienced personal injury lawyer is vitally required.