Dog Bites / Attacks
Have You Been Bitten?
Dog bites and attacks can be some of the most gruesome, painful injuries one may experience. They can also cause serious
and devastating permanent injury and scarring. As lifelong dog owners, we love dogs (and all animals) at Yanni Law and
believe that in most cases there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. Nonetheless, according to the Centers for Diseases
Control and Prevention more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States. Many of the victims are
Nonetheless, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention more than 4.5 million people are bitten by
dogs in the United States. Many of the victims are children. Get Your Free Consultation
What Causes Dogs To Attack?
Dogs will bite or attack for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common reasons are:
One of the most obvious reasons a dog will bite or attack is that it is stressed out. This could be because
it’s caged for long hours or left alone for a long period of time. Again, we look to the ownership of the dog to
find out why it is stressed and why it bit or attacked.
Scared or Frightened
If a dog is scared or frightened, it may act out and bite or attack. It is important for dog owners to pay
attention to their dogs to make sure their dogs aren’t startled, and that control is maintained over a scared or
frightened dog at all times.
Protecting Themselves or Others
Some dogs are trained to protect, and others have a natural instinct to protect their owners or family members.
It is important for the dog’s owner to know the tendency of their dog in order to command the dog to “stand
down” when a threat is not present.
If a dog is sick or injured, it will likely want to be left alone and will let you know it wants to be left
alone by biting or attacking. Any type of dog bite can cause serious and permanent injury.
We understand that dogs love to play. Unfortunately, they often play too rough and bite or nip while they play
causing serious and permanent injury.
Difference In Dog Bites
Any dog is capable of biting or attacking under the right circumstance. However, some dogs are more prone to
biting or attacking than others. Moreover, some dogs have a stronger, more dangerous bite than others. Below
are the most likely dog breeds to bite
- German Shepherd
- Wolf Hybrid
Filing Insurance Claims
To be clear, we do not sue dogs. The dog owners, however, are the ones who are held liable under the current
dog bite statutes. Often, a dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance will cover the dog bite / attack claim. However,
many policies have exclusion clauses, so it is important to have an experienced attorney review the policy.
Additionally, most states have strict liability statutes when it comes to dog bite / attack claims. That means
it does not matter why the dog bit or attacked, or how many times it did before – if a dog bites/attacks, the
dog owner is liable. There are several exceptions to this rule, such as when people are trespassing, or
provoking/antagonizing the dog. We take every step in investigating your claims to make sure you get every
dollar you are entitled to as compensation.
Pursuing A Dog Bite Case
If you’ve been injured in a dog bite / attack, you deserve get the best representation possible. At Yanni Law,
we never charge for consultations and only take a fee if we win your case. You pay no money up front and we
only take a fee if we win your case. Having the right lawyer in your corner can be the difference between
getting fair compensation for your injuries or taking little to no money that does not represent the harms and
losses you have suffered in the accident. We will fight to get you compensation for pain and suffering, lost
wages, property damage, and more. These cases are subject to strict timelines and statutes of limitations vary
by state and injury type so it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.