When we think of serious dog bites, we often think of children who are innocently mauled by a vicious dog. Children, however, are not the only victims of dog bite attacks. Regardless of age, if you or a loved one has been injured by an aggressive dog, you need to hire an experienced dog bite attorney to assist you in your claim and ensure that you receive the financial compensation you are rightfully entitled to.
There are many reasons to hire a lawyer to handle a dog bite claim. The big one being that without appropriate representation, you may not be compensated for your injuries. Indeed, less than 1% of dog bite victims receive the financial recovery they deserve. Dogs bite over 4 million Americans per year, but, not surprisingly, insurance companies pay only 15,000 to 16,000 victims.
Another reason to hire a dog bite attorney to be on your side when dealing with the insurance company is to ensure that you obtain the full amount your injuries deserve. In many cases, an insurance adjuster will only offer a victim 10% to 20% of what he would offer if the dog bite victim had an attorney.
What’s more, by retaining a skilled dog bite lawyer, you will not have to deal with the owner of the dog that bit you or your loved one. Instead of worrying about saying the wrong thing, or not saying the right thing, your attorney will handle any potential unpleasantness for you.
Finally, dog bite victims have financial losses that children do not. For instance, perhaps you were forced to take time off of work while you recovered. A claim for lost income requires proof from the victim’s employer, which your attorney can request.
Lost wages are not the only type of financial compensation you may be entitled to. You are entitled to recover for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and potentially other expenses which you can discuss in detail with an experienced dog bite attorney.
For more information on how to file a dog bite claim and obtain the financial compensation you are entitled to, contact Woodland Hills dog bite lawyer Barry P. Goldberg today for a free consultation about your potential case.