Americans love dogs more than perhaps any other animal. While K-9’s enjoy a special place in our society, there’s no escaping the truth that they can be dangerous at times. Dog attacks can lead to serious injuries such as nerve damage, scarring, the loss of a limb, or worse. Minnesota has laws in place that protect the victims of dog attacks. Our Rochester personal injury attorneys assist those who have been injured and we pride ourselves on providing a high level of service. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer. We also serve Owatonna, other Minnesota communities, and Iowa and Wisconsin.
Dog bite lawyers assisting injury victims in Rochester and Owatonna
Minnesota will often hold the owner of a dog “strictly liable” for any injuries the animal causes, as long as the victim did not provoke or abuse the dog. A victim does not have to show negligence on the part of an owner. Damages for an attack can include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. When calculating pain and suffering it will be necessary to consider any emotional trauma caused by the event as well as the effect of physical scars. A plaintiff typically must file a lawsuit within six years of the time of the incident.
A key issue in dog bite cases is whether the victim somehow provoked the animal. The owner may claim that the victim rushed towards the dog or engaged in some other contact that made the animal think it was about to be attacked. If a settlement cannot be reached, it is necessary to file a lawsuit. The discovery process will be used to show the victim was not at fault. Discovery can include obtaining statements from witnesses, issuing subpoenas for security footage, and taking the deposition of the defendant. If necessary, the case will conclude at a trial and jurors will decide the issues of fault and damages. It is important that you retain an attorney experienced in handling such matters.
Our lawyers handle dog bite cases on behalf of victims in our community. Prior to your initial consultation we provide you with a list of needed items so we can begin work on your case as quickly as possible. We investigate the case and interview witnesses. If a settlement cannot be reached, we do not hesitate to litigate the matter. We will be in regular contact with you throughout the process and respond to your phone calls and emails. We also make ourselves available to answer questions. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of service and we do so in each and every case we handle. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
Rochester injury attorneys with a proven record in dog bite cases
Many do not appreciate how serious dog bites can be. Our firm has handled many such claims and won verdicts and settlements as high as $250,000. We also are able to handle smaller cases for the victims of dog bites. Being attacked by an animal is a tough situation and we will take your case seriously.