What will my dog bite lawyer need from me in order to bring a lawsuit?

What will my dog bite lawyer need from me in order to bring a lawsuit?

If you have been bitten by a dog, you will have immediate and long-term concerns based on the severity and location of the bite. In the immediate sense you will have to attend to the injury with an emergency room or a doctor’s visit. In the long term you have to deal with missed work, infections, and sometimes permanent disability and disfigurement. This is an all-too-common occurrence, with there being close to 4.7 million dog bites per year in America. Another long-term concern will be seeking out legal representation for the purpose of filing a lawsuit against the owner of the dog.

Preparing yourself after a dog bite

When a dog bite happens, it is important to gather as much information as possible. This is not unlike a car accident, where you have to exchange contact and insurance information, get estimates of damages, take photographs of the vehicle, have the police gather witness statements, and other actions like that. This is for your benefit, and for the benefit of the attorney who will be representing you. Once you have had your immediate medical needs met you will want to get the owner’s information. This includes their name(s), address, and other relevant information.

Next you should take pictures of the injury site on your body and a photo of where the bite occurred (the person’s yard, in a park, on a sidewalk, etc.). Tangible evidence like photographs is essential if you want a successful court case. Other forms of tangible evidence you will want to include are your medical bills to track your expenses and outline the effect that this had on your life, with proof of lost income from missed work (like your pay stubs) being one of those effects. You can also factor in physical pain, trauma, expected future medical costs, rehabilitation, and disability if they are relevant to your case. Additional tangible evidence includes the dog bite report that you will file with your local government and any documenting evidence that shows that the dog has a record of aggressive behavior or biting. From there you should contact a dog bite attorney and supply them with all the information you have gathered.

Alabama torts regarding dog bites that you should be aware of

Alabama common law outlines several negligent acts by dog owners in case of dog bites. The main issue, one that will be helpful for the person bitten to establish, is whether the owner has knowledge of the dog’s aggressive behavior. This term is “scienter,” meaning that the defendant has knowledge that an action or conduct is wrongful, and they fail to act despite this knowledge. Going against these otherwise reasonable actions makes any individual liable for negligent actions.

As previously stated, think about a dog bite incident in the same way you would a car accident. Through driver’s education we are prepared for what to do in the event of an accident and considering the number of dog bites each year it is essential to empower yourself with knowledge in all aspects so that you can improve your chances of recovering damages in a lawsuit.