Mississippi Dog Bite Attorneys
Dogs can either be man’s best friend or his worst enemy. If you’re reading this, you’ve likely been seriously injured because of a vicious dog. We’re truly sorry that you’re dealing with a lot of pain and suffering. Our Mississippi dog bite lawyers are here to help. Call our office today to set up a free consultation.
A dog attack is a frightening experience that can leave lasting effects, both physical and emotional. The pain and suffering you may feel after a bite is an unfair burden that has been thrown on you by a negligent dog owner.
You deserve compensation to help you recover from these injuries. Brad Morris Law Firm, PLLC can help you seek justice and obtain the appropriate compensation.
Compensation can help you recover:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Permanent injuries
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
If a dog owner has failed to control their dog or properly warn others about their potentially dangerous dog, you should not have to pay the price. At Brad Morris Law Firm, PLLC, we hold dog owners accountable for their negligence and work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
How to Know if You Have a Dog Bite Claim
Generally speaking, if a dog bites you and you’ve been seriously hurt because of this, you may have a claim. There are things that go into determining whether you have enough evidence to have a claim.
First, you’d have had to collect evidence for us to be able to look at the evidence. You as the victim need to take photos and videos of the scene, the dog, and your injuries. Having animal control come over to make an official report is also a great idea. You will also want to have the contact information from anyone who saw the dog attack you, as well as insurance information from the dog handler/owner.
Once you have some evidence to consider, you can look at the details.
To understand whether or not you have a claim, think about this:
- Why did the dog attack you?
- Where did the dog come from?
- Could it have been prevented?
- Were you seriously injured?
We ask these questions to better understand the strength of your case. Dogs sometimes attack because they feel threatened. Sometimes, they attack because they’re abused or innately vicious. We look into whether you were invited into someone’s home and then attacked by their dog, or if you were walking past the property minding your own business.
We also consider where the dog came from. Did it break out of a yard with a bad fence? Was it off leash before it attacked you? This can show if the owner is responsible for your injuries. Let’s say, for example, that you were over at a friend’s house for dinner. You were having dinner in the backyard, when the dog came barreling out of the house through a swing door that wasn’t latched. The dog attacks you and leaves you pretty badly injured. The owner of the dog would likely be liable for your injuries because they didn’t restrain that dog.
Which leads us to discuss if this incident could have been prevented. Was there something that the owner or handler could have done in order to prevent the incident from happening? If there was something they could have done that they knew they should’ve done to prevent this incident, they can be deemed liable. It’s our job to investigate it fully to determine their level of liability.
Lastly, your injuries are considered, too, when determining if you can or cannot file a claim. If there was a little puppy that growled at you and bit your pants but never touched your skin, odds are you don’t have a claim for a dog bite. If someone’s big dog came after you, however, and tackled you to the ground and scarred up your face, you probably have a very strong claim.
The Aftermath of a Dog Bite
A dog attack can leave you feeling anxious, afraid, and physically hurt. It is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible after the attack for a professional, comprehensive analysis of your condition and your injuries. Be sure to take extensive, dated notes about your diagnosis, the cost of your treatment, and any other pertinent details.
Injuries commonly suffered after a dog bite include:
- Puncture wounds
- Torn or ripped skin
- Infections such as tetanus and rabies
- Facial injuries
- Deep tissue damage
Shortly after a doctor has assessed the situation, contact our Mississippi dog bite attorneys. Proudly serving all of North Mississippi, the team at Brad Morris Law Firm, PLLC is available 24/7 to assist. Helping you is what we do.
How a Dog Bite Claim Works
You usually have two parties involved with a dog bite claim to start off with. They would be the victim (you) and the liable party, which is typically the dog owner/handler. It could also be a dog sitter, in some instances. Then there are two more parties involved once the case really gets going— your Mississippi dog bite lawyer and the liable party’s insurance company. They are going to be adversaries in this long battle.
From there, you file the claim and go over evidence. You determine the strength of the case and get started.
You are essentially telling the liable party’s insurance company that they’re responsible for paying your damages in the claim. Your damages are costs related to your injuries, lost wages from time missed at work, and emotional damages.
Compensation is affected by your role in causing the accident. You may be partially at fault for the accident, if you did something wrong. This typically isn’t the case with dog bites, but it does happen. For example, if someone was trespassing in the home when the dog attacked, they’re likely not going to be eligible for the claim. A lot of cases involve a victim, however, who was minding their own business.
If you were deemed partially at fault, though, your compensation award would be reduced by the percent you were found guilty of.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
The insurance company might help you get a small settlement, but this amount could be meager compared to what you are entitled to under the law. You need a persistent and experienced attorney who can stand up for you and fight for the full compensation you deserve.
We understand that you are in a lot of pain and distress following a dog attack – let us help you recover. Our team can be by your side from start to finish, guiding you through the legal process whether we settle out of court or go to trial.
Call Our Mississippi Dog Bite Lawyers Today
If you want help defending your dog bite claim, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Mississippi dog bite lawyers. You are important. Your story should be heard. Don’t hesitate to call. Set up your free consultation today.