You Need to Call Slocumb Law Firm to Get the Results You Deserve
Without question, dog attacks are frightening for victims. It can hard to know what to do if attacked, or what kind of compensation for a dog bite you may be entitled to afterward. If you or a loved one was injured, know your rights! Call Slocumb Law Firm. Free consultation. You pay nothing unless you win. Contact us today.
- Avoiding Dog Bites
- Dog Bite and Owner Responsibility
- Dog Bite Law in Alabama
- Prevent Your Dog From Biting Someone
- Compensation For Your Dog Attack
- Insurance Coverage For Dog Bites
- What To Do If You Are Attacked
There are four major "DON'T"s that you can follow to help avoid dog bites to you or a loved one:
- Don't approach unfamiliar dogs or dogs that are behind a fence. The territorial instincts of dogs can lead them to suddenly become aggressive if they sense you are "trespassing" on their territory.
- Don't touch a dog before first allowing it to sniff your hand. When a dog approaches you, stop and extend your hand for it to sniff; stand still.
- Don't try to pet the dog when it is not aware you are approaching. Dogs can lash out when startled, such as when approached while sleeping, eating, playing with a toy or other dog, or caring for puppies.
- Don't run from or past a dog. While you might even be ignoring the dog, dogs almost never ignore something that moves. Avoid attracting that kind of attention.
Young children and dogs
Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog, even a familiar dog. This is a situation that requires your constant supervision: many serious and even fatal dog bite injuries have occurred when a young child's lack of judgment has unintentionally provoked a dog's instincts to protect itself.
If you're threatened by a dog
Keep your head, and keep still. Loud yelling or sudden movements will only heighten their aggression and increase risk of a dog bite attack. If you must move, do not turn your back, do not make eye contact, and move away slowly. Use a steady firm voice if you speak. If you accidentally fall or are knocked down, curl defensively into a ball and use your arms to protect your head and face.
If you or your child gets bitten by a dog, it's natural to wonder who is responsible. This type of question might come up if the dog attack occurs on property away from the dog owner's home - such as school grounds. Would the school be responsible? Generally, the law states that the owner of the dog is liable for any injuries caused by the animal. But no two cases are the same. That's why it's wise to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer at Mike Slocumb Law Firm can answer your questions and offer advice - free of charge.
Alabama law provides for the recovery of damages from irresponsible animal owners for injuries and property damage caused by their animals. This is above and beyond the typical compensation for dog bites resulting from the owner's insurance coverage for an attack.
The Slocumb Law Firm also does not charge any fee to anyone in Alabama for a personal consultation about an animal bite injury claim. We know that many people do not have the upfront money to hire a lawyer to protect their rights, especially when they are already facing high medical bills from an animal attack.
Your dog is familiar to you, and that is part of why you trust it to behave around you. But remember that nearly everyone else around you is a stranger to your dog. In the same way that it is valuable to make an effort to avoid dog bites, it is important to reduce the likelihood of your pet acting aggressively:
- Keep vaccinations current.
- Have your dog spayed/neutered.
- Restrict off-the-leash movement to a fenced-in yard.
- Never leave babies or small children unsupervised with your dog.
- Rough play should be discouraged: it may unintentionally invite aggressive behavior on the part of other dogs or people.
- Use professional obedience training to support your efforts to make your dog obey.
There's no reason to be intimidated by the insurance companies when you have an experienced attorney fighting for you. In most cases, it is the homeowner insurance policy of the dog owner that is the source of funds for settling dog bite claims.
We know the process, and we won't stop working until you've got the compensation owed to you. This may even include compensation for surgical or psychological treatment for whatever impact the attack may have had on you. It may also include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Emotional trauma and anguish
- Lost wages
Most home owner insurance policies cover dog bite claims, especially if the dog is considered to be a breed with a potential for viciousness. Remember that prevention is the best medicine: act smartly to avoid a dog bite, and be sure to take the steps that will prevent your dog from biting someone.
Though you may be able to collect from the dog owner's insurance company, do not sign anything until you speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys at Slocumb Law Firm. You may be due more than what the insurance company has to offer you.
Potentially aggressive breeds include the following: Chow Chows, Rottweilers, Miniature Pinschers, Llasa Apsos, Pit Bulls. However, many other breeds can pose a threat.
The more information about the circumstances of the dog attack you can record, the more accurately you will be able to report the event to authorities, including the insurance company whose dog bite coverage may apply.
This begins in the moments immediately following the event by identifying the dog that bit you: where it lives, who its owner is, etc. Photograph the dog that bit you, but only if this does not put you in danger of being attacked again. While we may take additional photos to properly document the case, it is extremely important to have your injuries and the accident location photographed.
Once you have sought any medical attention you require as a result of the bite, immediately notify the local animal control officer and/or police department. Be sure to record the day and time, as well as the name of the official with whom you file your dog attack report. Then, call Slocumb Law Firm to begin the process of seeking compensation for the dog bite injuries you suffered.