Animal attacks account for over a third of all the homeowners insurance claims in Minnesota. And, the average settlement amount has increased significantly since 2009. So, these victims often receive substantial compensation. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages might also be available, in certain extreme cases.
The experienced Brainerd dog bite lawyers at Carlson & Jones routinely handle these matters in Crow Wing County and nearby jurisdictions. Since we know all the procedural rules, including the unwritten ones, we can expedite your claim. Also, because of our expertise, we are often able to settle these claims quickly and on victim-friendly terms.
Dog Bite Injuries
Sudden animal attacks often cause massive physical injuries, especially if the victim was an older adult, young child, or another vulnerable victim. The knockdown itself often causes wounds like head injuries and broken bones.
Then, when dogs bite, their teeth usually cause both tearing wounds and deep puncture wounds. These injuries usually require extensive, and costly, treatment at specialized trauma centers.
Frequently, dog bites also cause emotional injuries, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Like other forms of brain injuries, PTSD is usually permanent. However, extensive therapy helps victims live somewhat normal lives.
Your Claim for Damages
Minnesota has very favorable dog bite laws, including one of the broadest strict liability statutes in the country. Owners are liable for damages as a matter of law if their dogs attack or injure victims. Brainerd dog bite lawyers need only prove causation.
Negligence theories are usually available as well. Scienter (knowledge) is one example. If the owner knew the dog was potentially vicious, the owner might be liable for damages. Many Crow Wing County jurors award higher damages in scienter cases, since there is evidence of wrongdoing.
Negligence per se is another example. Brainers and other localities usually have strict animal restraint ordinances, like leash laws and fence laws. If owners violate these laws and that violation substantially causes injury, owners might be liable for damages as a matter of law.
Provocation is basically the only insurance company defense in most dog bite claims. In this context, “provocation” has an extremely narrow meaning. So, it’s difficult for insurance company lawyers to prove this defense in court.
Brainerd Dog Bite Attorney Is Committed to Help You Receive Fair Compensation
It can be infuriating to sustain a dog bite due to the dog owner’s negligence. Further, dog bites can lead to deep physical injuries as well as mental trauma. Fortunately, there are several ways for dog bite victims to obtain substantial compensation for their serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced Brainerd dog bite lawyer, contact Carlson & Jones, P.A. at (855) 218-6862. Remember, you have a limited amount of time to act.
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