The Utah dog bite lawyers at Good Guys Legal can help you recover compensation if you’re injured by a dog attack. Utah dog bite laws protect victims. However, to get a settlement, you must pursue a legal claim. Good Guys Legal is a personal injury law firm dedicated to helping victims. We have the skill, determination, and compassion to help you through this traumatic experience.
Our law firm does things differently. You can expect to feel understood with clear communication from our legal team throughout your case. Someone who causes a dog bite may owe the victim compensation. It’s our goal to work on your behalf for you to receive the dog bite compensation that you deserve.
Have Medical Bills from a Dog Bite or Animal Attack Set You Back? We can Help!
Dog bites and animal attacks can be very traumatic, especially for children. These attacks can leave a victim with serious physical and emotional scars. If you live in Utah and have been attacked by a dog or another animal, we can help you recover from the cost of your medical expenses and other damages.
Our attorneys understand Utah dog bite laws and animal attack laws. We will work tirelessly to make sure you receive fair compensation. You don’t have to do this on your own. You need the guidance of a dedicated, qualified personal injury lawyer to help you through the pain and frustration of your case. Our firm strives to serve our clients with a professional and personal emphasis on integrity and compassion. Your case matters to us. Let us worry about your medical payments and accident claim so you can focus on moving on with your life.
What Are Some Types of Dog Bite Attacks?
When a dog attacks, it can cause serious damage to the victim’s body. Below is a list of types of dog bite attacks and injuries that can occur.
Hands, Arms, and Legs Dog Attacks
When a dog attacks, a person’s first thought is to protect themselves by putting out their arms or legs. Sometimes, a victim may be able to use this defense mechanism to stop the attack. However, this action sacrifices your extremities. The pain and damage that a dog can do to the hands and arms can be excruciating. Puncture wounds and broken bones can occur. The loss of use of hands or fingers can impact a victim for the rest of their life.
Puncture Wounds From Dog Attacks
A puncture wound occurs when the dog bites and the teeth enter the skin during an attack. Tearing of the skin can also happen, causing further damage to the extremity. Puncture wounds are also accompanied by scratches with a tooth or clawing from the paws. Left untreated, a puncture wound may become infected.
Broken or Crush Injuries
When a dog bites or attacks a person, it can cause crushed bones. A dog’s jaw is very strong. Even if the skin is not punctured, bones can still be crushed during the dog’s attack. Plus, the person might fall or get knocked to the ground which could result in broken bones that could hinder the victim’s ability to fight back.
Head, Neck and Face Dog Bite Injuries
A dog attack can cause head, neck, and face injuries. Unfortunately, these injuries are common in children. Children are smaller and shorter than most adults. When the dog attacks, it is likely to attack at the same level, causing serious injury to the child’s face. A child also can’t fend off the attack like adults can, which can lead to severe injuries. Disfiguring facial injuries can last a lifetime. The victim may need multiple facial reconstruction surgeries and still be left with disfiguring scars that could cause the victim life-long emotional trauma.
Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries From a Dog Attack
If a person falls or gets knocked down during a dog attack, they may hit their head on an object or the ground. Serious brain injuries can occur while trying to fend off the attack. Head injuries can also happen if the dog bites the head of the victim. Head injuries can be simple as a bump on the head or as serious as a fractured skull or a brain injury causing permanent disability.
Since the most frequent target of a dog attack is the face, these types of wounds can result in severe scarring. Disfiguring scars can have life-long consequences. Scars are an important factor in a personal injury case as the victim will forever be reminded of the dog’s attack.
Emotional and Psychological Dog Bite Injuries
A dog bite brings emotional scars. The psychological injuries that are sometimes present after a dog attack can affect every part of the victim’s life. The victim may even develop Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that could cause the person to carry frightening memories that could keep them from holding a job or sleeping at night.
Dog Bite FAQs
Whether you are a victim or the owner of a dog, you probably have a lot of questions. The following is a list of frequently asked questions for dog bites answered by our Utah personal injury attorneys:
State law determines the time frame for filing a dog bite claim. In Utah, you have four years from the date of the attack to file a legal claim that you had sustained injuries from a dog bite. This time frame of filing a claim is known as a statute of limitations. There are a few exceptions to the four-year limit.
Dog owners are not always responsible for their dogs’ actions if the person who was bit is in some way at fault. Shared fault is called comparative liability. If the victim provoked the dog by hitting, kicking, teasing, or taunting prior to the accident, the victim is likely at fault and the owner is not liable.
Children sometimes do not know that what they are doing may be upsetting to a dog. They may not be able to think through the consequences of their actions. The owner might say that the child’s actions made the animal attack. However, depending on the dog’s viciousness, it will usually outweigh the actions of the child.
The dog owner’s renters or homeowners insurance almost always covers the cost of damages.
Each claim is different. Compensation is based on how severe the attack is and what damages result. With dog bite cases, there are a few things that are brought into consideration. Higher compensation is awarded when the bite injury is to the face or neck, compared to injury to an extremity. Also, if the injury leaves scarring or physical disfigurement, these injuries may also result in higher compensation.
There are several breeds that are considered to bite harder and more frequently than other breeds; however, it’s debatable due to questions of provocation. Although there are no scientific findings, bulldogs and pit bulls are seen to be more vicious than other dogs like golden retrievers or black labs.
The dog may be put to sleep depending on how hard the dog bit and how serious the injuries are. It depends on the amount of viciousness shown and whether the dog is a repeat offender. If the dog has seriously injured a child, the state will put the dog to sleep if you file a dog bite lawsuit. Sometimes the dog and the owner are simply put on a violation report.
You should seek legal counsel if you have been seriously injured from a dog bite requiring medical attention. You should also seek compensation for a dog bite if scarring has occurred. If you have lost a considerable amount of quality to your life you may need to consider finding legal counsel. You deserve fair compensation for what happened.
Attorneys for Dog Bites in Utah
Call Good Guys Legal for a free and confidential consultation. We’re attorneys for dog bites in Utah that go the extra mile to help victims exercise their rights and find financial relief. Call our team at 801-506-0800.