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We Represent Dog Bite Victims in Mobile and Throughout Alabama
At Roger Varner Injury Law, our Mobile, AL dog bite attorney is an experienced, tireless, and knowledgeable advocate for injured victims and their families. Dog owners and other negligent parties must be held accountable for their failure to take due care. If you or your child was injured by a dangerous dog, we are here to help. For a free, no obligation consultation with a top Alabama dog bite injury lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact us at our Mobile law office today.
What to Do After Being Bitten By a Dog
Although they are one of the most treasured pets on the planet, the reality is that dogs also have the potential to be dangerous. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates that dogs bite around 4.5 million people nationwide on an annual basis. Most of these bites could have been prevented if the dog’s owner—and other parties—had taken the proper safety precautions. A dog bite is a serious matter. Here are four steps to take if you were bitten by a dog in Mobile:
- Get Medical Attention: There is a common myth that a dog’s mouth is clean. That is actually not the case. Any time a dog bite punctures the skin, medical attention is required. There is a risk of an infection. Further, you cannot bring a dog bite claim without seeing a doctor.
- Document the Bite: To the best extent possible, you should try to document the attack. The more information that you have about the dog bite—from photographs to witness statements—the best position you will be in to get justice.
- Report the Incident: Dog bites should be reported promptly. As a general rule, the bite should be reported to the dog’s owner and any property owner. For example, if a dog bite happened at an apartment building in Mobile, the owner of the complex should know.
- Consult With a Lawyer: You may get a call from an insurance company shortly after a dog bite incident. Remember, they are not on your side. Always consult with an Alabama dog bite injury attorney before you give a statement to an insurance adjuster.
An Overview of Dog Bite Liability Laws in Alabama
Dog bite liability is often misunderstood as an area of law. It varies significantly from state-to-state. In some ways, the dog bite laws in Alabama are more friendly to injured victims than many other states. Here are three things to know:
- Strictly Liability for Dog Owners: A dog owner can be held strictly liable for a bite in Alabama. As long as the victim had a lawful right to be where they were at the time of the attack, a dog owner can be held liable regardless of whether or not they were negligent.
- Other Parties May Be Liable through a Negligence Claim: In some cases, parties other than a dog owner may be responsible for an incident. Most often, property owners—such as apartment buildings or landlords—may be liable for negligence in allowing a dangerous dog to remain on the premises.
- Contributory Fault Applies to Dog Bite Cases: Alabama’s harsh contributory negligence standard applies to dog bite injury cases. If the victim is found partially at fault for the attack through their negligence—such as provocation of the dog—they can be denied compensation.
Dog Bite Victims Deserve Compensation
A dog bite can cause very serious injuries. Victims and families need justice and the full compensation necessary to pay bills and cover other damages. The insurance companies that handle most dog bite claims in Alabama cannot be trusted to look out for your best interests. Our Mobile dog bite attorney fights tirelessly to help clients secure the greatest financial settlement or trial verdict. Through a dog bite injury claim, you may be entitled to recover money damages for:
- Emergency medical care;
- Hospital bills and other medical expenses;
- Rehabilitative care, including mental health support;
- Loss of income, including loss of earning power;
- Pain and suffering & emotional distress;
- Scarring or disfigurement;
- Disability or physical impairment; and
- Wrongful death of a family member.
How Alabama Dog Bite Lawyer Roger Varner Can Help
Dog bite injury claims are notoriously complex. Our founding attorney Roger Varner has the knowledge and experience to help injured victim’s navigate Alabama’s dog bite laws. No matter the circumstances of your case, we will put in the time, resources, and attention to detail to handle it properly. Among other things, our Mobile, AL dog bite injury attorney is ready to:
- Hear your story, answer questions, and explain your rights under Alabama law;
- Investigate the dog bite incident—securing the evidence you need;
- Advocate for your best interests in settlement negotiations; and
- Take action to help you get justice and maximize your financial compensation.
Contact Our Mobile, AL Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Today
At Roger Varner Injury Law, our Mobile dog bite attorney has the professional skill that you can trust to help you pursue justice. If you or your loved one was bitten by a dog, we can help. Reach out to us by phone at (833) 482-7637 or send us a direct message for a free, no commitment case review. From our Mobile law office, we handle dog bite injury claims throughout the area, including in Mobile County, Escambia County, Clark County, Washington County, Baldwin County, and Monroe County.
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Can My Employer Fire Me or Otherwise Punish Me for Filing for Workers’ Compensation?
No, an employer cannot fire or punish an employee for filing for workers' compensation in Alabama. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate or retaliate against an employee for filing a workers' comp claim or for exercising their rights under the workers' compensation laws.
Am I Required to See a Doctor After a Motor Vehicle Collision?
It is highly recommended that you see a doctor after a motor vehicle collision, even if you do not feel injured. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not be immediately apparent, and it is important to have a medical professional evaluate your condition to ensure that you receive the proper treatment. Additionally, in Alabama, in order to bring a claim for personal injury, you will need to have medical records to demonstrate that you were injured as a result of the collision.
How Do I Protect My Rights After Suffering an Injury in a Serious Accident?
To protect your rights after suffering an injury in a serious accident in Alabama, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, document the accident and your injuries, and consult with a personal injury attorney. Gathering evidence such as photographs, eyewitness statements, and police reports can help support your claim. It's also important to keep track of any expenses related to the accident, such as medical bills and lost wages. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.