MINNEAPOLIS DOG BITE LAWYERS – INJURED BY DOG ATTORNEY
Every year, our attorneys represent people who have been bitten by a dog in Minneapolis. Sadly, these cases most frequently occur when a dog bites a child, but we also handle many cases of dogs biting neighbors, postal workers, and other visitors to the home. In addition to dog bite cases, our Minneapolis attorneys also handle a surprising number of cases where a dog knocks a person down or attacks and injures someone another way.
The primary focus of our injury lawyers in a dog bite or dog attack case in Minneapolis or elsewhere in MN, is to make sure the medical bills and lost wages of our client are paid, and that our client is fairly compensated for the injury, including compensation for any permanent scaring. When you meet with a best Minneapolis dog bite lawyer at our office, we will answer your questions and make sure your rights are protected. In most cases the compensation come from the dog owner’s homeowners insurance.
The laws in Minnesota are favorable to the victim in cases where a person is bitten or injured by a dog. Basically, the only defense for the dog owner is if the victim provoked the dog or was trespassing at the time of the dog attack. People injured by a dog can even recover if the dog accidentally injures them, e.g. by knocking them down. Therefore, when a Minneapolis dog bite lawyer from our office takes these cases, our investigation always starts with proving there was no provocation or trespassing. We will get the Minneapolis police and animal control report, and our investigator will interview and get statements from witnesses and the people involved. A dog bite attorney will then focus on documenting the injury from the Minneapolis MN dog attack or dog bite, including good photographs, medical records and bills, doctor reports, and documentation of any lost wages.
Generally, our attorneys pursue the claim against the homeowner’s insurance of the dog owner. Most homeowners insurance for the dog owner will cover an injury in a dog bite or dog attack, and the dog owner is relieved to be able to fairly compensate the victim. Unfortunately, too often in Minneapolis dog bite cases, and also other cities in MN, our lawyers sometimes find that the dog owners are renting their home and do not have homeowners insurance. Occasionally, if the dog attack occurs at another home or because of another person, we are able to bring a claim against another insurance policy, but often times that will not work. Therefore, very early on in the case, your best dog bite lawyer will make sure the Minneapolis dog owner has homeowner insurance or we determine if there is other insurance that might be available.
If you or your child have been attacked or injured by a dog in Minneapolis, or any other city in MN, please call us and speak to a lawyer as soon as possible so that we can investigate your claim and start preparing your case. Our dog bite attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience representing people injured by a dog in Minneapolis and throughout the state, including Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Robinsdale, Lino Lakes, Forrest Lake, and Anoka MN. A lawyer will meet you at our office to discuss your dog bite case in Minneapolis, Edina, Woodbury, or St. Louis Park, or we can come to your home to discuss your dog bite or dog attack in Minneapolis or other cities throughout MN.
For more information on national dog bite statistics, see www.dogsbite.org.
To contact Minneapolis Animal Control, see http://www.minneapolismn.gov/animals/
For the Minneapolis ordinance on dangerous dogs, see: http://stmedia.startribune.com/documents/Minneapolis+dangerous+dog+ordinance.pdf