Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
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Alabama Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Animal attacks may seem like fodder for reality TV, but dog bites are not trivial matters. They can cause severe injuries. An attack also can be emotionally traumatizing. And you may be unable to work or do other day-to-day tasks. An Alabama dog bites attorney may be able to help you get compensation for these and other losses.
Alabama Dog Bite Laws
Under Alabama law, a dog owner is liable if a dog that is known to be vicious or violent bites someone. The victim must lawfully be on the premises where the bite occurred, and it does not matter whether it is on public or private property. The law also covers the victim if the incident occurred elsewhere while he or she was fleeing the attack. The victim must not have provoked the animal. The dog’s owner can plead that he or she was unaware that the dog has a propensity for such behavior.
In the chaos of the moment, it can be easy to overlook key pieces of evidence that may help your case. The sooner you start to put the pieces together, the better. Your lawyer may ask for:
- Photographs of your injuries, as soon as possible after they occur
- Medical records describing your injuries and treatment
- Copies of your medical bills
- Damaged items, such as clothing or shoes that were bitten or torn
- Paycheck stubs or payroll records, if you are trying to recover lost wages
- Other documents, as needed
You will also need to give a deposition. This is a sworn statement you give under oath. It is your opportunity to explain in detail what happened.
Locate a Local Alabama Dog and Animal Attacks Lawyer
While dogs may be thought of as “man’s best friend,” not all animal encounters are friendly. If you have been injured by someone’s dog, you may be due compensation for your losses. Call now to speak with an Alabama dog bites attorney at 877-913-7222.