Alabama Dog Bite, Animal Attack Lawyers
Have you been bitten by a dog?Thousands of people are bitten by dogs every year in the Alabama. Most of the bites are not serious, while some bites do result in lost from work time, extensive medical bills, lost employment wages,as well as emotional trauma,pain and suffering. If you or a family member were bitten by someone else’s dog in Alabama, you may be entitled to money from the dog's owner (or from the dog owners insurance company) in order to pay you for certain costs related to your dog bite injury.
The main issue in dog bite lawsuits is proving liability. Your Alabama personal injury attorney at McCutcheon and Hamner accident and injury law, will help you prove how the dog owner should be held liable for the injuries and pain you have resulting from their the dog’s actions. In Alabama,you will have to prove that the dog owner is at fault based on strict liability. Under Alabama strict liability laws, almost any injury the dog causes will be deemed to be the fault of the dog owner. There are a few exceptions such as trespassing. The dog owner may not be liable if the victim trespassed upon property where the attack occurred.
The 2 key elements required to prove an Alabama dog bite claim are:
- That the defendant was the current owner of the dog that attacked.
- That an actual dog bite occurred.
While sometimes difficult, the Alabama dog owner usually can be identified with public,licensing as well as vaccination records,and the testimony of witnesses. In most Alabama dog bite cases, the second key element can be established with video,photographs, medical records, witness statements or other any other evidence that the dog caused substantial physical harm. Many people believe that every dog is allowed one bite. Under Alabama law, this is simply not true. A dog’s good behavior before an attack does not shield the owner from liability or legal responsibility.
It is important to file your dog bite injury claim before the statute of limitations runs out. In Alabama,the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the dog bite. Once you file the claim against the dog’s owner you will work with your attorney and/or insurance company to negotiate a settlement with the other party (or insurance company). If you and your Alabama personal injury attorney are unable to negotiate a settlement, you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out. If you allow more than two years to pass, you will not be able to legally file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner to collect money for your injuries. The sooner you contact the Accident and Injury Firm of McCutcheon and Hamner , the better it is for your case. Our accident and injury attorneys will investigate the facts of your dog bite case, determining who is liable for your personal injuries.
If your dog bite occurred in Alabama the injury claims lawsuit based on your claims worth , will need to be filed under the appropriate Alabama Court jurisdiction. The Alabama dog bite attorneys at the McCutcheon and Hamner Personal Injury Lawyers will be able to help you with your lawsuit and can tell you which specific court is the appropriate court to resolve your dispute.
Contact our office today at 256-764-0112 for your free legal consultation.