DC Dog Bite Lawyer
While some breeds are considered more dangerous than others, the fact is that any dog can bite, and will if provoked or threatened. However, some dogs may bite or attack even when unprovoked. Washington DC dog bite laws require owners to be responsible for their pets, keeping dogs controlled by leashes in public and confined or restrained on personal property. Washington DC also considers certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, Terriers, and Rottweiler, to be dangerous dogs and requires that these dogs be muzzled. If an owner's failure to properly restrain or control his or her animal results in a dog bite or attack, the owner can be held civilly liable for the attack. With the help of an experienced DC dog bite lawyer, injured victims can obtain financial compensation for their dog bite injuries.
Each year approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs, and 800,000 are injured seriously enough to require medical attention. The financial and emotional toll of a dog bite or animal attack can be difficult to bear. A qualified Washington DC dog bite attorney can help you reach a fair settlement to cover your medical bills, psychiatric counseling, reconstructive surgery, lost wages from missed work, and pain and suffering. If a settlement is not fairly reached, you need an attorney with the skill and expertise to aggressively litigate your dog bite claim.
Washington DC dog bite statutes do not adhere to the "one free bite" rule. This means an owner can be held accountable even if the dog has never bitten anyone before. However, the rules of contributory negligence can make dog bite claims difficult to pursue. Contributory negligence is the responsibility of the victim in the incident. For example, if someone were bitten while trespassing on property where a dangerous dog lives, he or she may not be able to obtain compensation for the dog bite injuries. A skilled DC dog bite lawyer can determine whether or not you have a valid case for litigation and can help you pursue financial compensation from liable dog owners.
To find a dog bite attorney in Washington DC, contact the personal injury law firm of Price Benowitz LLP. Our dedicated team of lawyers works to protect injured victims by fighting for maximum compensation.