Dog Bites

There are reports of people being mauled by dogs almost every day. On the news and in the paper we see stories of how a child is in the hospital because of an irresponsible pet owner. Some bites require surgery and long hours of rehabilitation. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog call our office to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. Our law office has experience talking to pet owners and handling insurance claims so you won’t have to.

Dog bites carry all kinds of risk, from disease to psychological damage for the victim. One type of personal injury is a puncture. A puncture is a break in the skin that travels all the way down to bone. Some dogs have extremely powerful bites and can break bones when they apply pressure in a bite. Another injury can be lacerations. These are tears or multiple breaks in the skin, through the muscle, tendon or tissue and are caused when the dog bites down and shakes its head roughly. Lacerations are jagged tears that require stitches and are leaving the bite victim open to infection.

Dog bites can be terrifying to children and can cause long term psychological problems

Nightmares, anxiety and fear are just a few of the problems caused by a vicious attack. Not all attacks come from large dogs. More and more there are reports of a small dog attack to someone face or other body part.

The laws that regulate dog owners in Mobile Alabama and the surrounding area are very well known to the Office of Richard Mather.

A dog owner can be held liable if you are bitten on their property or if the dog runs off their property and bites you and the owner knows the animal has a tendency to attack. There are other laws that only allow you to recover compensation if the dog is proven to be vicious or if the owner had previous knowledge that the dog may bite. Alabama is one of the states that follow the contributory negligence law. Meaning, the actions of the victim are taken into account and if those actions contribute to the injury, you may not have a claim.

We encourage you to call our office if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog. We can help you with your claim and give you peace of mind. We are experienced with dog bite cases and have the knowledge needed to help you win. The consultation is free and there is no fee unless we win your case!