Dog bites are a common occurrence in the United States and can cause severe, devastating injuries. There are over 4 million dog bite cases documented in the United States every year. The most common victims of dog attacks are children, and unfortunately almost 80% of dog bite injuries are to the face. Furthermore, over 77% of dog bite injuries are inflicted by a dog owned by family or friends.
Dog bites can spread rabies and other diseases such as parvovirus or osteomyelitis, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Dog attacks can also lead to serious injuries such as lacerations, maiming, permanent disfigurement, and scarring. For this reason, if you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention.
If a dog attacks you or your child and inflicts injury, you may be entitled to monetary damages depending on certain factors. In West Virginia, a dog owner has a duty to secure his or her dog and prevent it from injuring people who lawfully enter the owner's property. If a dog is running loose outside of the owner’s property and injures another person, the dog owner can be held strictly liable for the victim’s injuries. However, if the dog has never attacked anyone before, the victim usually has to prove that the dog owner was negligent in order to recover. If the dog has had at least one prior dog attack incident, the dog owner may be held liable for a victim’s injuries.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog attack, it is important to find an experienced attorney who is familiar with the insurance claims process. Insurance companies hire adjusters and lawyers to protect their interests and ultimately to save the company as much money as possible. You need an attorney on your side who will be your advocate during the entire insurance claims process and will protect you and your family’s rights.
The Wolfe Law Firm has successfully represented hundreds of clients in Randolph County, Harrison County, Upshur County, Tucker County, and throughout North Central West Virginia who have suffered personal injury because of the negligence of others. For more than 20 years, West Virginia dog bite injury lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe has helped numerous dog attack victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and emotional trauma. We understand the serious consequences that dog bite injuries can have on you and your loved ones, and our experienced staff can help answer any questions you have about the legal process. Contact the Wolfe Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced dog bite injury attorney. If we decide to take your case, we will do so on a contingent-fee basis, meaning that we don't get paid unless we get a settlement for you.
If you require legal assistance regarding a dog bite injury claim, contact the Wolfe Law Firm by calling toll-free at 1-877-637-5756 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation with an experienced West Virginia dog bite injury attorney.