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Average Settlements for Dog Bite Claims in Alabama

Insurance companies and police departments track dog bite cases. It is clear that dog bites are not uncommon nor underestimated in importance. Alabama courts and insurance companies order payments and settlements to dog bite victims regularly. Do not underestimate the pain and suffering caused by dog bites. If a dog owned by another person has bitten and harmed you, seek legal representation. Your lawyer will file a dog bite claim, seek compensation for your injuries, and hold the dog owner accountable. The Average Settlement from a Dog Bite in Alabama  The average settlement from a dog bite in Alabama is over $43,000 according to a national tracking of dog bite data. That being said, average dog bite settlements vary drastically since they depend on a number of factors. Alabama Dog Bite Laws Affecting Dog Bite Settlements Every state has laws allowing a person injured by a dog bite to seek justice under certain conditions. Section 3-6-1 of Alabama Statutes regulates dog bites in our state. This law says, in part, that if a dog bites or injures any person who is at a location where they have a legal right to be, the owner of the dog is responsible for the costs and perhaps even the trauma from the attack. However, the statute does not end there. Numerous Alabama court cases address dog bites and help interpret dog bite laws. When you hire an experienced dog bite attorney for your dog bite claim, they will evaluate all legal considerations. These may include: Finding out who owns the property where the bite occurred; Determining the legitimate owner of the dog and who controlled the dog at the time of the incident; Investigating whether the dog owner had previous knowledge of the animal’s dangerous nature; Analyzing trespass laws applicable to the case; Reviewing existing homeowners or renters insurance for the parties involved; and Determining the likelihood of a contributory negligence argument (an argument that the victim was one of the causes of the accident). The legal and insurance implications are elaborate. An attorney needs to hear your side of the story, then apply this information to those facts. The lawyers at Fob James Law Firm are ready to begin the process of helping you get the compensation you deserve. What to Do If You Are Bitten or Attacked by a Dog Here at Fob James Law Firm, we are concerned about the health, safety, and legal rights of citizens of our community. If a dog has bitten you or someone you love, please seek medical care. Medical attention is urgent if a stray dog bit you, you have multiple bites, or you are experiencing psychological trauma.  Also, report the incident to the police. You can call 911 or the non-emergency line if the situation is under control. Once you feel safe, contact us. You have a right to be compensated for your injuries. We want to help you. Please do not agree to settle your claim with the dog owner without first speaking with us. We will investigate the reports and handle all settlement and legal actions so you get the compensation that you deserve Contact Our Alabama Dog Bite Lawyers Today If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, call our dog bite lawyers at Fob James Law Firm Today. Our practice focuses on personal injury cases in Alabama and Florida. We have significant experience in dog bite cases and traumatic injuries. We don’t use case managers. We focus on each client. When you hire us, we commit to giving you the highest level of legal representation. For a free case review, contact us today.

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How to Report a Dog Bite in Alabama

A dog bite is medically dangerous and emotionally traumatic. In many situations, injuries from the bite lead to a personal injury legal case. If a dog bites you in the state of Alabama, there are several things you should do to fully report the incident.  We suggest that you immediately report the dog bite to the police. As part of this step, gather information about the incident. You should also report the bite to a medical professional. Finally, be sure to contact an attorney to represent you in your dog bite case. Report the Dog Bite to the Police For your safety and the safety of others, call 911 to immediately notify the police if a dog owned by another person bites you. You should also call 911 if the dog owner or person in control of the dog is threatening you. You can call the non-emergency local police number in Alabama if the incident is over and you do not feel in danger. Either way, file an official police report to report a dog bit in Alabama. Be sure to get the report number. Take Photographs at the Scene Pictures help in explaining facts in a report. If you can safely do so, take pictures at the scene of the dog bite incident. These should include photos of: The dog(s) involved, Your injuries, The surrounding physical location (buildings, yard, etc.), and The dog owner/person in control of the dog. If you can’t take pictures at the scene, take a picture of your injuries as soon as you can. Get Information About the Dog and Its Owner In a car accident, you may know to gather information at the scene as you wait for the police. In a dog bite situation, you also need to collect information. This includes: The name of the owner of the dog;  The name of the person in control of the dog, if it is someone other than the owner; The name and breed of the dog;  The name of the dog’s veterinarian; and  The dog’s animal control license number.  Sometimes a dog owner tries to leave the scene without sharing their information. If this happens, take a picture of them and the dog if you can. Seek Medical Attention Along with reporting your dog bite to Alabama law enforcement, you should report your dog bite to a doctor. Evidence of your medical care is part of your legal case and dog bite report. Also, a physician can decide if you need additional medical care. You should seek emergency medical care if you have a serious injury, such as several bites or lots of bleeding, or if a stray dog bites you. Your safety is a priority. Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer  Contact an experienced dog attack lawyer after a dog bite incident. Under Alabama law, you can seek compensation if a dog owned by another person bites and injures you. A dog bite is not a minor incident in our state. It is a legal case, and you should have representation. Begin the process by reporting the dog bite. Then reach out to Fob James Law Firm.  Alabama law places a lot of responsibility on dog owners. If their dog bites someone, there are ramifications. In serious cases, the police may charge them with a crime. Animal control will contact them, and they may have new licensing rules to follow. Your focus must be to protect your rights and stay safe. Report a dog bite and seek legal representation even if the dog owner asks you not to. Fob James Law Firm: Your Dog Attack Lawyers Fob James Law Firm will represent you in a dog attack case. With over 40 years of experience advocating for victims, our attorneys know what it takes to obtain a higher settlement. We give you the attention and compassion you deserve after an injury or loss. We take fewer cases than other personal injury law firms in Alabama, so we can provide the utmost care to your situation. Although we have the resources of a large personal injury firm, we serve you with the attention  of a smaller firm. We care about your safety and your rights. We will help you get the compensation you deserve. If a dog bite or dog chase injures you, do not wait. Contact us for a free case review.

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