Americans love their dogs. According to the World Animal Foundation, over 85 million dogs are currently living as pets in U.S. households. They are trusted companions, living in our homes, playing with our children, sharing parks and other spaces in our communities.
But we all know that dogs even family pets can bite people. That is a terrifying experience to go through, and dog bites can inflict long-lasting physical and emotional damage.
Roughly 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in America, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA). Many of these result in serious injury, and in some cases the injury can be fatal. At particularly high risk are children.
Dog bites often occur when owners neglect or abuse their animals, when they fail to control them properly, or when they are not leashed or kept in an enclosed area. Dog owners are ultimately responsible for the actions of their animals. Our dog bite injury attorneys have the skills, experience, and toughness to ensure that you are compensated fully for your injuries and other damages.
For the best results, go to the best Maine dog bite injury lawyers
We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about medical issues and skilled at proving fault, documenting the extent of your losses, and ensuring you receive full compensation. We have recovered $1.35 billion for our injured clients.
We are also the leading law firm in Maine for representing families who have lost loved ones because of wrongful death. In cases of wrongful death involving a dog attack, we will not rest until we win your case and the dog owners are held accountable.
You focus on recovery. We take care of the rest.
After a dog bite injury, your attention is pulled away from the one place where it should be on your health and recovery. Instead, you face the pressure of creditors, employers, and insurance companies that often try to place the blame on you, the victim.
We can turn the tables in your favor. While our lawyers aggressively work to maximize your financial award, our caring and responsive staff can help reduce stress during your recovery. We take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved.
With us in your corner, you can focus on your health, and get back to living your life.
Dog Bite Injury Tips and Tools: What do I do after a dog attack in Maine?
The most important thing to do after a dog attack is to make sure you and any other individuals harmed by the dog seek medical attention. As soon as possible after you receive medical care, taking the following steps can help support your claim in the event that you need to file a personal injury lawsuit:
- Alert local police and/or animal control
- Obtain contact information for any witnesses
- Identify the dog and the animal’s owner if possible
- Take photos and/or video of your injuries and, if possible, the location where the incident occurred
- Do not give statements to the owner or caretaker of the animal or talk to their insurance company without first consulting with an attorney
A Law Firm That Listens
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.
Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.
Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.
Get Peace of Mind
It never hurts to consult an attorney regardless of whether you decide to move forward.
Many states have strict deadlines for filing personal injury claims.
The other insurance company is likely already building their client’s case against you.
Witnesses may become unavailable and evidence may be lost or degraded with time.
You’ll need help navigating your medical care and dealing with financial pressures.
You need peace of mind to focus on your recovery.
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How many dogs live as pets in the U.S.?
Dogs are an extremely common household pet in the U.S., increasing at an average rate of 1 million per year. There are currently 78 million dogs living as pets in U.S. households.
How common are dog bites?
Despite how beloved dogs are, dog bites are quite common. Although some of these bites are minor, others can be serious or even fatal. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur every year, with children at the most risk of being bit.
How can I help prevent dog bites?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are steps that you can take to prevent dog bites, including:
- Socializing your dog regularly
- Being a responsible owner, including training and exercising your dog
- Educating your family about how to properly approach a dog
- Avoiding risky situations, such as approaching a dog when it is alone, injured, or eating
- Reading a dog’s body language, especially it is seems frightened or stressed