If you have been seriously injured or disfigured by a dog bite, the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green can help you go after the compensation you deserve for your injuries. While dogs may be widely regarded as man’s best friend, they also have the potential to severely harm an individual.
You do not want to wait to seek medical care after a dog bite as you may contract rabies, sepsis, or staph infection, which are all life-threatening conditions. Once you are treated by a doctor, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer who can protect your rights and pursue a financial award. We can file your claim and/or lawsuit and manage other aspects of your case.
Overview of Dog Bites
Each year, dogs attack approximately 5 million people in the United States, and the majority of these victims are children. Dog bites are the second most frequent reason for emergency room visits; thousands of victims experience injuries severe enough to require medical attention.
A significant number of dog bites involve the family dog or a dog with whom the victim is familiar. These claims may be covered by insurance, so even in these circumstances, victims should not hesitate to take legal action. Dog bites can be severe enough to affect them physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives.
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, you should contact a personal injury attorney at Berger and Green as soon as possible to determine your legal rights. Dog bites can cause serious physical problems or disfigurement and be emotionally traumatizing for the victim.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bites lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call 412-661-1400
What to do if a Dog Bites You in Pittsburgh?
- Take care of yourself or your loved one—seek medical attention immediately.
- Be sure you can identify the dog involved in the attack.
- Get the name, address, and telephone number of the dog’s owner.
- If possible, get the homeowners’ insurance and dog license information from the dog’s owner.
- Get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
- Take photos of all injuries sustained in the attack.
- Consult Berger and Green immediately before signing anything, speaking with any insurance companies, or accepting any money.
The attorneys at Berger and Green have successfully represented dog bite victims for 40 years. We will fight to win the maximum settlement for your injuries from insurance companies that may try to persuade you to settle for the lowest possible amount. For a free legal consultation with a dog bites and animal attacks lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call (412) 661-1400.
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How We Work for You
We provide a wide range of services for our clients who have suffered at the hands of a negligent dog owner. These services include:
It would be helpful to have pictures and videos of your injuries as well as your medical records and bills to establish that your injuries are connected to the dog bite and to know what your financial damages are.
Filing Your Claim and Speaking on Your Behalf with the Insurance Company
Your lawyer will handle filing your claim with the insurance company. We are familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to downplay a victim’s injuries and devalue their claims. If we need to negotiate for a fair settlement, we will.
It is possible that the insurance adjuster will refuse to agree to a reasonable payout. In this case, we will not hesitate to take the case to court and continue the fight for an adequate financial award there.
If there were witnesses to the dog bite, and you have their contact information, we would like to reach out to them and speak with them about what they saw. They may have valuable information to share that can benefit your case.
Determine and Valuate Your Damages
We will inform you of what damages you should be able to recover and valuate them so that you have an idea of the amount of compensation you could receive.
We will leave no stone unturned in our journey with you for the justice and compensation you deserve after a preventable dog bite. We will also keep you updated and informed throughout your case.
An Important Deadline to Know in Your Dog Bite Case
In Pennsylvania, if you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog owner, you generally have two years to do so, according to Pa. C.S.A. § 5524.
This may seem like plenty of time, but you do not want to wait to take action as it takes a while to construct a strong case.
A lawyer with our firm will want to get started as soon as possible because we want to have fresh evidence to display and be able to get in touch with any witnesses to the incident. The sooner you allow one of our lawyers to get to work, the sooner you may be able to get compensated.
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We Take Cases on a Contingency-Fee Basis
You do not have to worry about whether you can afford our services. The personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green accept dog bite cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you will not pay us any money up front or out of pocket. If we do not win your case, you do not pay anything. Our dog bite lawyer in Pittsburgh takes our fee from the settlement or court award we secure for you.
Contact Berger and Green Today for Legal Help Following a Dog Bite
Bitten by a dog and unsure whether you have a claim? Contact one of our Pennsylvania dog bite lawyers at our Pittsburgh office at (412) 661-1400 for a FREE EVALUATION. Let Berger and Green help you go after what’s yours. We Fix Broken Lives!