Man’s best friend is a loyal, trusted companion that has evolved over time to become a loved and endeared member of the family.
However, sometimes dogs do bite, and the damage that they cause may be severe and serious depending entirely on the circumstances surrounding the bite and the size, breed, or actions of the dog. Even small dogs can leave painful disfiguring scars and abrasions on the people that they bite, these injuries are often even more pronounced in children when bitten.
Dogs bite for a variety of reasons some examples of those reasons are:
- Protection of self, or other people from a perceived threat
- Defense of self, especially if the dog has been mistreated in the past
- Training (i.e. police or guard dogs)
- Frustration (i.e. from chaining or tethering)
- Exhibiting dominance
- Inadequate socialization of the dog
- The dog is in pain
- When overstimulated, ex. When engaged in play or activities with adults or children.
So, if you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, what should you do next? Call the Andrews Law Firm, today. The law firm, and the dog bite lawyer that you select to help you with your dog bite, personal injury claim is probably the most important decision that you are faced with in this process.
At this point, you might be wondering: What is Negligence? Negligence is a deviation from that standard of care that a normal reasonable prudent person would take in the same circumstance.
Example: to cite a very simplified example: A hypothetical dog owner knows that his/her dog is easily confused or frightened by crowds of people and this hypothetical dog’s prior historical response to stress is to become aggressive and prone to biting. If this hypothetical dog owner brings that dog to a street festival with a crowd of people in a confined space the dog owner has likely violated the standard of care and is thus likely negligent, as the dog is now likely to bite in response to a known stressor which in this hypothetical situation is for the dog, a crowd of people.
So, what is a “Standard of Care”, what does that term mean? A Standard of Care is the care that a reasonable and prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances.
Hiring the right law firm, and the right dog bite lawyer is a vitally important decision if your goal is to maximize your potential damages award while protecting your rights as an injured party. There are a lot of choices in the Denver personal injury lawyer market so, how do you know which law firm is the right choice for you?
At the Andrews Law Firm we believe in personal relationships, personal service, personalized care and passionate lawyers whose vocation is to help people injured by dogs that bite, we have experience with premises liability cases and the intricacies involving dog bites. We are not a huge, impersonal personal injury mill. We treat our Clients the way that we would like to be treated, like people that are going through a very difficult, stressful and confusing time. People who are learning how to live with a new injury, and/or disfigurement and who need the help and advocacy of a law firm that really understands what they are going through on both a professional and personal level, that’s the Andrews Law Firm.