Millions of Americans are bitten and injured by animals on a yearly basis. In fact, in 1994, over 4.7 million people were bitten by dogs alone. In many cases, a person bitten by a dog may have a legal right to recover damages from the animal’s owner or another responsible party.
If you were injured or bitten by an animal, the very first thing you will need to do is find medical attention. If you are not treated, a dog bite can cause serious injury and even death. Once you have been medically evaluated, you should also consider consulting with a lawyer experienced in animal bite cases. Our law firm will be able to tell you whether you have a legal claim, and what damages you may be able to recover.
An attorney will ask you for detailed information about the circumstances surrounding your animal bite. At a minimum, you should provide the name and phone number of the animal’s owner. If you don’t have this information, a neighbor or a witness might be able to provide it to you. If there were witnesses of the attack or bite, it is important to get their contact information and names.
In most instances, an animal owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy will cover liability arising from dog bites (and injuries caused by other common household pets) that occur on the owner’s property or while the dog is under the owners control. The average amount of liability coverage in homeowner’s policies is between $100,000 and $300,000.
There are also specialty insurance companies that provide insurance for pet owners. Many homeowner insurance companies refuse to cover dog bites after one incident. As a result, a pet owner often has no choice but to look for coverage from an insurance company that specializes in animal coverage.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, you require the expertise of a personal injury dog bite attorney who has experience in this area of law. Bay Area attorney Geoffrey Nwosu has the experience needed to handle your animal attack case. He serves the Santa Clara, Alameda, San Francisco areas including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Fremont, Oakland, San Francisco, and many more cities and communities in the Bay Area.
We do not charge any fees unless and until we win your case. Our fees are based on a reasonable percentage of the amount we obtain for you. We never settle your dog bite case without your authorization. If you or a loved one has been attacked by an animal, call Attorney Geoffrey Nwosu for a complimentary initial case evaluation and consultation today at 408-912-5983.