While many dogs are indeed a man’s best friend, as the saying goes, there is an unfortunate flip side to owning an animal like a dog. While they aren’t necessarily common, dog attacks and bites can cause major injury.
At the offices of Matthew Jube, we’re proud to provide dog bite attorney services for anyone who has suffered an injury from such an attack. Getting the proper compensation in a case of someone else’s dog attacking you can be a difficult process without a dog bite lawyer, but our experts can walk you through every step of the process. Here are some basics, from reporting the incident to getting your just compensation.
Reporting the Incident
If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, your first step should be to report the attack to the police immediately. You should also call Animal Control and make a report to them, though in some cases the police can assist you here. After this, especially if you’ve sustained any specific injury from the attack, you should call one of our attorneys to find out about the next steps to take.
Proving Owner Liability
In the state of Utah, the dog owner is almost always responsible for any injuries caused by the animal. The only exception here is for dogs used by police officers, which can avoid liability if they are properly trained and if the injury is sustained while helping officers perform their duties.
In addition, Utah law does not require that the injured person needs to prove the dog was vicious or that the owner knew this. Some states don’t punish owners until a second bite – Utah is not one of these and will punish after a first bite. Utah does compare the fault of the owner and injured person, however – you can’t simply provoke a dog and they blame them later for attacking you.
Determining Case Worth
Once we’ve helped you determine owner fault for your attack, how much your case is worth may depend on a few factors. These include the severity of your injury, any medical bills (including potential future bills), loss of wages, and any additional pain or suffering you endured.
How Long Will it Take?
The length of time needed for you to receive compensation will depend, largely in part on whether you are able to settle the case or not. If so, you and the dog’s owner can avoid a lengthy court case, and you can likely receive compensation within a few weeks. If you cannot reach an agreement, however, a contested claim must go to court and this could take a few months.
For more on dog bite cases, or to learn about any of our services in personal injury or criminal defense, speak to the offices of Matthew Jube today.