What to Do If an Animal Attacks You - Greenville Personal Injury Lawyer

What to Do If an Animal Attacks You - Greenville Personal Injury Lawyer

While we like to think of our pets as cute and cuddly, not every animal is a sweetheart. It can be hard to imagine anyone's beloved pet attacking someone, but it happens more often than you may think. Animal attacks are a unique situation to be in due to their nature. You never truly expect to be in a position where an animal attack is a possibility unless you work in that field. If you know someone who has been attacked by an animal, you have an idea of what can happen. If you were attacked yourself, you know how truly terrifying it is.

I can remember when I was a child, my older sister had a paper route. She was riding her bike when someone's three dogs got out of their backyard and started chasing her. They managed to catch up to her and pull her off her bike before their owner came out of the house and got their attention. She limped her bike home and even though I was only four or five years old, I can still see her injuries. She ended up needing reconstructive surgery on her knee and obviously the medical bills were a large, unexpected expense for my parents. It easily could have crippled us had we not worked out a deal with the dog owners.

Animal attacks are truly frightening because there is no reasoning with an animal. You can't talk to an animal the way you can a human and it often is so surprising that you don't have much time to get away. An animal attack can leave you feeling helpless even after the attack is over because there is often an uphill battle both in your medical recovery and in pursuing any sort of compensation for the injuries you sustained.

If you were the victim of an animal attack, you need a good lawyer on your side. Wayne Hardee has years of experience working with these kinds of cases and knows how to get the results you deserve. It can feel isolating if you were hurt in this type of situation, but you don't have to go through it alone. Wayne Hardee can help you receive compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering under certain circumstances. Give him a call today and see how much of a difference he can make in your case!

The Legal Issues Surrounding Dog Bite Injuries

The Legal Issues Surrounding Dog Bite Injuries

Every year about 5 million people are victims of dog bites. Medical care is required for about 800,000 of these victims while about 300,000 need emergency medical treatment. Deaths are relatively uncommon though they do happen. Cases of fatalities occur mostly among children.

A Terrible Breed

Many people believe pit bulls should be outlawed but they are not the only dogs that cause societal issues. Nevertheless, they are not a sparkling breed of dog and many times their owners are the instigators.

The “One Bite” Anomaly

There is a bit of an incongruity where dog bites are concerned. Under common law the owner of the dog becomes liable only if he/she had prior knowledge that the dog is dangerous. This presupposes that the dog cannot be considered dangerous till it has bitten at least one person, and by extension the owner cannot be held responsible for the “first bite”. Once the dog has bitten someone it is then presumed dangerous for which the owner is liable for ensuing attacks or bites.

But there are situations where a personal injury lawyer can bypass the “one bite rule”. Sometimes a dog is innately aggressive whether by treatment, training, or temperament. In such a case the owner can be held liable because he/she cannot claim to be unsuspecting that the dog could be dangerous and possibly bite.

There are other exceptions where the owner is responsible like in failing to follow laws that require that a dog be properly kenneled, caged, or leashed.

Statutes of Strict Liability

Many states have done away with the “one bite” rule. Dog owners, handlers, or dog sitters are liable for all dog bites and attacks. The laws and defenses vary considerably from one state to the next. Some common defenses in dog bite cases are:

  • Provocation by the victim which incited the dog to bite. This could be overt like teasing, hitting, or poking the dog, or unintentional, like dropping and picking up a piece of food which the dog is slavering after.
  • Trespassing into an area in the course of which the dog bit the victim. The victim might not have a claim.
  • Assuming a risk, like a dog trainer training a dog, where the risk of being bitten is assumed. The trainer has no claim if bitten.

Make the Call

If you or your loved one has been bitten by a dog you might be able to bring charges and claim compensation from the owner. Because there could be complications depending on the state where you live, an accident lawyer representing you will strongly reinforce your case.