Stroudsburg Dog Bite Attorney
Residents of rural areas in the Poconos will be interested to know that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has provided the results of a study showing that there were four times as many dog bite-related visits to the emergency room and three times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas. The government also noted that adults who have two or more dogs in the home are five times more likely to be bitten than those living in homes without dogs.
It may come as no surprise that dog bite victims are often bitten by dogs owned by their next-door neighbors, friends and even their own family, which has led to a hesitancy when it comes to potentially suing people with whom they have a relationship. However, it is important to realize that most dog owners actually carry insurance that covers the losses incurred by victims of their animals, so the dog owners rarely pay for claims from their own personal funds.
Victims of dog bites typically experience serious damages and losses, ranging from expensive medical care-related costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings and even missed time from work or school. Some dogs even cause fatalities. Over the past decade, more than 360 Americans have lost their lives from dog attacks.
Stroudsburg personal injury law firm Drake Hileman & Davis will make sure you receive full and fair compensation for your losses. We’ll fight for you if you have been injured by a dog or any other domesticated animal. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please call our Stroudsburg office at (570) 421-8119 and ask to speak with a dog bite attorney.
Limited Time to Bring Your Case
Generally speaking, dog bite cases must be brought within two years of the date of the attack. If a child under age 18 is bitten, that minor victim can still bring a claim until he or she turns 20. This is because the statute of limitations is suspended, or “tolled,” for minors.
We Know How to Win Your Dog Bite Case
Victims should not try to represent themselves in a dog bite case. Also, not all lawyers are equipped to handle animal attack cases. It takes a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to prove and win a dog or animal bite case because insurance companies are reluctant to pay damages to dog bite victims and there are major hurdles to winning these kinds of cases.
That is why you need to call the caring and capable lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis to handle your case. We know how to navigate the legal minefield that stymies most claims. For example, we know how to prove a dog’s “dangerous propensity” by producing evidence that the dog had prior attacks, is known for his bad disposition, or is classified as an “attack breed.” Even if there is no evidence of “dangerous propensity,” we establish your right to recover by demonstrating that local “leash laws” were violated by the dog’s owner.
Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, and Huskies are all considered to be “attack breeds” and thus may be deemed to be dangerous or vicious by nature. Owners of such dogs must exercise greater control over their dog, and may be liable even if the dog has not bitten anyone in the past.
Winning Dog Bite Cases in the Poconos Since 1990.
Our team of aggressive attorneys has won many dog bite cases, including:
- A jury verdict of $37,469 for a dog bite in Easton;
- A $36,000 settlement for a dog attack in Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; and
- A dog mauling in Allentown that settled for $70,000.
As a result of our many victories in dog bite and other animal attack cases in Eastern Pennsylvania and the Poconos, Drake Hileman & Davis attorneys have the background and knowledge to successfully settle or try your injury claim and recover the compensation you deserve. Call us today in Stroudsburg to discuss your claim. We offer a free, in home consultation.
Negotiating Settlements with Insurance Companies
We have found that most dog owners have homeowners insurance policies that cover claims for victims of attacks by their dogs or other animals. We will negotiate a fair settlement with the homeowner’s insurance company to compensate you for your losses. This is particularly true of “economic losses” such as your medical bills and lost wages. However, even if the insurance company says that they don’t cover “non-economic” claims such as trauma and emotional distress related to an attack by an animal, we’ll fight to get you a recovery for those claims as well. Dog bites cause all sorts of intangible losses, including PTSD, nightmares, panic and anxiety attacks, severe emotional distress, and generalized anxiety. The emotional consequences of a dog bite can be just as, or even more devastating than the physical harm, such as scarring and disfigurement.
Damages in Animal and Dog Bite Claims
We have handled all sorts of animal attack and bite cases, including those caused by domesticated animals (dogs, cats and rabbits) and wild animals (including bats) allowed to live on a homeowner’s property.
The Stroudsburg attorneys of Drake, Hileman & Davis will aggressively pursue ALL of the compensation you deserve for your dog bite cases. We’ll go after not only economic damages measured in money (such as medical bills and lost wages), but also non-economic damages (including pain and suffering, mental anguish, trauma, and other major life changes).
Your Stroudsburg Dog Bite Attorneys
Don’t delay if you have been injured by a dog or other animal attack and you live in the Stroudsburg or Pocono area. You have limited time to file a claim. Contact Drake, Hileman & Davis in Stroudsburg today by calling (570) 421-8119, or contact us online to get our personal injury attorneys working hard to win a cash award for YOU.