Unfortunately, dog bites and canine attacks are very common and can cause permanent disfigurement, nerve and tissue damage and psychological trauma. In extreme cases, dog attacks may result in death. If you have been attacked by a vicious dog you may need the help of an experienced dog bite lawyer in order to get compensation for your losses.
If you or a loved one are a victim of a dog bite or other animal attack, you should speak to an attorney at the Law Offices of Paul W. VanDerwerken immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. A lawyer will be able to explain the value of your case and help you navigate through the complicated legal process.
According to the American Humane Association an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. Other dog bite statistics include:
Depending on the details of the case, homeowners’ insurance may cover damages resulting from dog bites which occur on the owner’s property. Dog bites may also be covered by automobile insurance if the injury is sustained in the owner’s motor vehicle or by animal insurance if the owner elected to purchase such coverage. Even if the dog’s owner does not have coverage, the injured party can still bring a legal claim against the owner to collect compensation for their losses. To find out whether the dog’s owner is insured, our attorneys will ask to see the “declarations page” of their homeowners’, animal or renters’ insurance. If the insurance limits seem inadequate, we will determine whether the owner has a supplemental policy which may cover the incident. If the dog’s owner denies having coverage or is unwilling to provide the details of the plan, these documents can be obtained during the discovery phase of the lawsuit, when attorneys for both parties share information regarding the accident and injury.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Paul W. VanDerwerken have represented many people injured by dog bites and animal attacks in the Las Vegas area. If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite or animal attack, contact the Law Office of Paul W. VanDerwerken today at 702-385-5050 for a free initial consultation.