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Dog Bites


Law Offices of
Vingelli and Company

 
 
7047 E. Greenway Pkwy
Suite 140
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


(480) 624-2788

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When dog bites happen . . .

Let us say something personal first. Here at Vingelli and Company, we are true animal lovers, and huge fans of Fido. Our own dogs, both rescued and one a tri-pod, create the cornerstone of our family. A few of us are runners, regularly chased by every dog within twenty miles. We've even been attacked before oursevles. For these reasons especially, we take our dog bite cases to heart. Let’s face it; getting bit by a dog is a frightening and painful experience. The injuries caused can be severe and even permanent, and the psychological impact can be life altering. In situations when the dog is a known companion or neighbor, the damage is even social and familial. When we accept a dog bite case at Vingelli and Company, we are careful to take care of our clients as they are: individuals deserving of someone to fight for them in the complex situation when the time honored relationship between dog and human has gone horribly wrong.  

That said, handling a dog bite case can be a complex process and it is essential to seek representation from a skilled and experienced dog bite lawyer without delay. Because time is of the essence in dog bite attack cases, the following should be done without delay:

  • Evidence secured
  • Witnesses determined and interviewed
  • Ownership of the dog established
  • Responsible parties identified
  • Animal control and veterinary services informed
  • Dog bite incident records obtained
  • Medical records obtained
  • Claims initiated and managed with all relevant party insurance companies

Many states have enacted statutes which hold a dog owner liable for a dog bite attack even though the dog may not have previously bitten anyone. This is called strict liability. These types of statutes effectively eliminate the "one-free bite" rule because liability is based upon ownership. It is irrelevant whether the dog bit someone previously or whether the owner knew the dog could be vicious. As the victim of a dog bite attack you need to show that:

  • The dog was owned by the defendant
  • The dog bite attack occurred on public property or while you were lawfully on private property
  • You were injured by an actual bite during the dog attack
  • The dog caused the injury

Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008, by Laurel Holmquist, M.A. and Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD., November 2010.

While much of the liability in dog bite cases is straightforward, compensation from insurance companies and responsible parties isn’t. Similarly, determining which parties to hold accountable, and how to pursue them isn’t always clear. What’s more, we believe that our compassionate care for our clients, clear communication with dog owners and affiliated parties, as well as aggressive assurance for the future care of victim injuries helps everyone to heal and put the situation behind them for good.

 
We are man’s best friend.

A dog bite attack can be a terrifying experience and may result in not only serious physical injuries, but traumatic and emotional wounds as well, especially in children. Handling a dog bite case can be a complex process and it is essential to seek representation from a skilled and experienced dog bite lawyer without delay.

An experienced dog bite attorney will be able to help identify damages from future complications of the injuries sustained in a dog attack. Many breeds of dogs can exert enormous amounts of pressure with their jaws. Even where it does not appear initially that the victim sustained serious injuries, a dog bite victim can sustain significant nerve damage without having the skin broken. This type of injury has the potential to develop into a serious injury and could require prolonged medical treatment. Retaining a lawyer experienced in dog bite attacks is an essential step in assuring that any possible future damages will be asserted in behalf of the victim.

Depending upon the particular facts of the case, there may be multiple defendants in a dog bite attack case. Identifying all responsible parties in a dog bite attack case is critical to a successful lawsuit, especially if the dog owner is unable to fully compensate the victim. Vingelli and Company investigates the facts surrounding the dog attack and determines the appropriate parties who may be responsible for the victim's dog bite injuries. Our diligence increases the chances that the injured victim will be compensated from all available sources.

At Vingelli and Company, we diligently pursue all types of compensation available to the dog bite victim. The types of compensation a dog bite injury lawyer can seek on behalf of the victim include:

  • Medical bills (both past and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Punitive damages
  • Medical monitoring
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Lifetime care and medical costs (for severe cases such as brain injuries)

The Law Offices of Vingelli and Company has handled hundreds of personal injury cases successfully, including numerous dog bite cases, and achieved exceptional results for its clients. We are compassionate dog owners, parents, and former dog attack victims ourselves. We have the substantial experience and skill to ensure that our clients obtain optimum results in dog bite cases.  

 

To schedule a FREE, confidential, no obligation consultation, contact Vingelli and Company by phone at (480)624-2788 or by email using our case contact form.

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