When Do I Need a Lawyer for a Dog Bite Injury?

Dog attacking man biting his hand..jpgYou may need a lawyer for a dog bite injury if you incur substantial expenses as a result. A dog bite is not only a painful injury to experience but can also be an expensive one. Therefore, you may work with a personal injury lawyer to recover your dog bite injury costs.

Recoverable Costs in a Dog Bite Case

Missouri law allows anyone bitten by a dog to recover damages. Some recoverable damages that may be a part of your dog bite case include:

  • Medical bills
  • Emergency transportation fees
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Everyone’s case is different. Discussing your dog bite injury with a lawyer is the best way to find out what damages you can seek through a personal injury case. Contact Brown & Brown in St. Louis today to discuss your dog bite injury case at 314-333-3333 or in Illinois at 618-888-8888.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Victims may suffer more than the initial pain of a dog bite. Dog bites can also lead to infections, bruises, damaged nerves, and even broken bones. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may find it challenging to work or participate in the hobbies you once enjoyed.

In addition to the physical injuries, many dog bite victims also suffer emotional injuries. These may include anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A dog bite may even affect your ability to go out in public for fear of coming across another aggressive dog.

Younger children often experience more significant emotional consequences from dog bites. They may even be fearful of dogs for the rest of their lives. We believe these damages are just as important in a dog bite case as the physical ones.

Dog Bite Injury Statute of Limitations

Missouri permits filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party for up to five years following the date of the dog bite. While this may seem like a long time, this timeline can come quickly when you’re focused on your recovery. It is always a good idea to contact our office sooner rather than later to learn about your options.

Did you suffer a dog bite injury? Contact Brown & Brown to schedule a free case review and learn more about your rights. And remember, if you can’t come to us, we will come to you to listen to your story and help you determine the best course of action.

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