DOG BITE OR INJURY LAWYERS FOR ST. PAUL MN
Our Minnesota personal injury lawyers represent people every year who have been attacked or bitten by a dog in St. Paul. Sadly, these cases most frequently occur when a dog bites a child, and many of our cases do involve children. However, we also handle many cases where a dog has bitten a neighbor, postal worker, and other visitors to the home. In addition to dog attack cases in St. Paul, our attorney also handle a surprising number of cases where a dog in St. Paul knocks a person down or attacks and injures someone another way.
The primary focus of an injury lawyer in a St. Paul dog bite or dog attack case, is to make sure the medical bills and lost wages of our client are paid, and that our client is fairly and fully compensated for the injury, including compensation for any permanent scaring. It is not just Pit Bulls and Bulldogs that attack and bite, our lawyers have had cases involving many different breeds. The dog attack frequently occurs at the dog owner’s home, but not always. We have had many cases where a dog bit someone at a park in St. Paul, or even at the veterinary clinic.
The laws in Minnesota are generally favorable to the victim in cases where a person is injured by a dog, with the primary defenses being that the victim provoked the dog or was trespassing at the time of the attack. People injured by a dog in St. Paul and throughout MN can even recover if the dog injured them by accident, such as by knocking them down. Therefore, when our injury lawyers take these cases, our investigation always starts with proving there was no provocation of the dog or trespassing. The best dog bite lawyers will get the animal control and police report from St. Paul or other city, and have an investigator interview and get statements from witnesses and the people involved. The attorney will then focus on documenting the injury from the dog attack or dog bite, including good photographs, medical records and bills, and documentation of any lost wages.
Generally, our lawyer will pursue the claim against the St. Paul MN homeowner’s insurance of the dog owner. Most homeowners insurance covers a dog attack and dog bite injury, and the dog owner is relieved to be able to fairly compensate the victim. Unfortunately, too often in St. Paul dog bite cases, and also other cities in Minnesota, we sometimes find that the dog owners are renting their home and do not have homeowner’s insurance. Occasionally, if the dog attack occurs at another home or because of another person, our dog bite attorney is able to bring a claim against another insurer, but often times that will not work. Therefore, very early on in the case, we make sure the dog owner has homeowner insurance or we determine if there is other insurance that might be available.
If you are injured by a dog in St. Paul, or any other city in Minnesota, please call us as soon as possible so that a top lawyer can investigate your claim and start preparing your case. Our injury lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience representing people injured in dog attacks and dog bites in St. Paul MN and throughout the state, including Woodbury, Roseville, South St. Paul, White Bear Lake, and Forest Lake MN. A lawyer will meet you to discuss your dog attack or bite case at our office in Woodbury, Edina, St. Louis Park or Minneapolis, or we can come to your home in St. Paul or the other cities. We will explain the law to you and make sure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you are entitled to. The initial consultation is free for a dog bite case and we never charge anything unless you receive compensation.
For more information on dog bite statistics, see www.dogsbite.org.
For St. Paul Animal Control, see http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=1580.
For the St. Paul Ordinance regarding dangerous dogs see http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=1633