Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Dog Attack?
A dog bite can be a traumatic experience no matter the age of the victim. Those who are victims of dog bites often suffer from more than just physical injuries like lacerations or permanent scarring. Dog attack victims often also experience emotional trauma from the attack, especially if they are younger.
Both the physical and psychological effects are compensable, but you do need to enlist the services of a Morristown personal injury attorney who has experience with filing dog bite claims. At The Terry Law Firm, we can help you with such claims, having provided legal services to residents of East Tennessee since 1960. When you work with our team, we will make every effort to help you recover compensation for the injuries and trauma you have suffered through no fault of your own.
Debunking Common Myths Around Dog Bite Injury Claims
Many victims think that they don’t have the basis for a claim if the dog is not one that is deemed to be a vicious. In fact, owners of dogs that are usually mild-mannered and do not have a history of attacking people can still be held responsible for injuries their pets cause. Furthermore, people are unnecessarily intimidated by the thought of hiring an attorney, especially for a minor-seeming claim like a dog bite or animal attack.
Here are a few of the myths that are simply untrue:
- Filing a claim entails going to court. This is untrue. In fact, most claims associated with bodily injury can be settled satisfactorily outside of court.
- The dog bite victim has to have money to hire an attorney. This is also untrue, as most personal injury claims are handled on a contingency basis. This means that your attorney is paid once your case is settled or decided by the court.
- You can’t file a claim if the dog owner doesn’t have any money to pay the claim. This isn’t true. If the dog’s owner owns his or her own home, compensation can usually be sought from his or her homeowners insurance company, and not the homeowner himself or herself.
- Filing a claim is attacking the dog owner. Many victims don’t file a claim for the fear of ruining the relationship with a neighbor or friend. That may be, but that owner is still responsible for his or her animal’s behavior. Oftentimes, your attorney will never have to speak with the dog owner anyway. Your attorney will be dealing with the insurance company directly. In our experience, people want to make things right, and we can help ensure that they are done correctly.
Creating a Strong & Detailed Claim on Your Behalf
The amount that is awarded for physical and psychological damage often hinges on having an experienced lawyer to represent your interests. At The Terry Law Firm, we have the in-depth knowledge and experience needed to create a strong and detailed claim on your behalf, and will work tirelessly towards getting the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Call us now at (423) 586-5800 and schedule your free initial consultation.