Wyoming Dog Bites Injury Attorney
At the Kent Spence Law Firm, we have successfully handled injury claims on behalf of dog bite victims, either through litigation or settlement negotiations, with the owner’s insurance company. Attorney Kent Spence is well-versed in the law protecting the rights of dog bite victims and is ready to fight your case until the very end.
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, acting quickly is vital to your case. An immediate investigation can establish owner liability for the dog bite and determine if the insurance covers your damages. Contact the Kent Spence Law Firm to learn more about your legal options and get started on your case today!
Laws Governing Dog Bites
Every state has laws in place that regulate liability for dog bites. Most states, like Wyoming, follow their common law precedents where an injured party can recover compensation if they prove the owner’s negligence caused the injury. The victim can also file a claim by strict liability when the pet owner should’ve known that the dog has dangerous propensities. In Wyoming, vicious propensities can be proven by the breed of the dog.
Other states follow dog bite statutes, like the one-bite rule or leash ordinances. While the common law strict liability statutes hold pet owners responsible for any damages the dog causes, dog bite statutes only hold the owner liable under conditions that are under their control.
Compensation for Dog Bites
Depending on the circumstances and your state’s relevant laws, dog owners are typically liable if their pet injures someone, which means that the owners or their insurance provider will have to compensate the victim for damages.
If the pet owner elected to purchase animal insurance, you might be able to file a claim with them to recover compensation for your injury. If they don’t have this coverage, you might still be able to bring a legal claim against the owner’s other insurance to collect payment for your losses. For example, their homeowner’s insurance could cover your damages if the attack occurred on the owner’s property. Similarly, auto insurance may cover the injury if it was sustained in the owner’s car.
If the owner denies having coverage or refuses to provide their plan information, these documents can be gathered during the discovery phase of the lawsuit.
Dog Bites and Worker’s Compensation
Couriers, mail carriers, and other individuals who need to walk on private property as part of their job are granted an “implied invitation” to join the premises. If they are lawfully on the premises and bitten by a dog, employees can file a claim for worker’s compensation benefits.
When a dog bites an employee at work, the injured party can file a claim against the owner, unless the employer is the pet owner. This third party claim could provide the dog bite victim with additional compensation for their pain and suffering not offered by worker’s compensation.
Types of Compensation Available
Payment for your injuries could cover the cost of your total medical bills, any lost income stemming from your injury, and any property damaged during the incident. You might also be able to collect payment for intangible losses like your pain and suffering or severe anxiety caused by the attack.
The Kent Spence Law Firm Represents Dog Bite Victims in Wyoming and Nationwide.
If you need quality representation in your dog bite case, please do not hesitate to contact the Kent Spence Law Firm. Attorney Spence has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury claims of all levels. His hard work and dedication have landed him with the recognition of being named one of the top 100 trial attorneys in Wyoming by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He takes cases throughout the United States, so if a dog bite has recently injured you contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
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