Each year, thousands of people suffer serious injuries when they are bitten by animals – most often dogs. Most of these attacks occur in the home or neighborhood, and the animal is usually owned by someone you know. A dog bite or other animal attack can be incredibly painful and may have a lasting impact on your life, physically and emotionally. For that reason, you may be eligible to take legal action to recover damages from the owner of the animal.
At Ipson Law Firm, we know that you never wanted this attack to happen, and it is likely that you did nothing to provoke the attack. The owner of the animal has a responsibility to keep their dog on a leash and prevent it from causing harm to others. If they fail in that duty and the dog hurts someone, they should pay for medical bills and other costs associated with the attack. Contact us at 801-332-9655 today to find out how we can help you.
Why Choose Ipson Law?
Not only do we understand how serious a dog bite claim is, we know how much you need to be compensated for the mounting medical bills and other expenses that a serious bite can cause. We are always ready to stand beside our clients in their time of need, and that’s what we’ve built our reputation on here in Salt Lake City. We are Utah’s premier personal injury firm for a good reason, we care about our clients, and we deliver the results they need. If you have been bitten by a dog or other pet in Salt Lake City or the surrounding area, there is one firm that has the trust of the community, and that’s Ipson Law.
Dog Bite Cases We Handle
We know that taking legal action is often the last thing on your mind when it comes to an animal attack. You may be concerned with your recovery and medical expenses, and you may be confused over what action you should take, especially if the dog is owned by a family member or friend. Fortunately, insurance is often called in to pay for the medical costs and other expenses associated with animal attacks, so the owner may have to pay very little out of pocket to cover your costs. We can help you with claims involving:
- Property Owners – If the owner of a property has a dangerous animal on the premises, they may be held liable for injuries that the animal causes
- Landlords – If a landlord is aware that a tenant owns a dangerous animal and the animal attacks someone, the injured party may be able to hold the landlord responsible
- Parents of Minors – If a dog owned by someone under the age of 18 attacks someone, the minor’s parents may be held accountable for the attack
- Guardians or Keepers – Anyone who is responsible for the care of an animal may be held liable if the animal attacks someone. This includes animal sitters, shelter owners, and the pound
While you may be unsure of your rights following an animal attack, rest assured that the team at Ipson Law has the experience you need on your side to get you the financial payment you need to pay your bills and recover from the attack.
Frequently Asked Questions
No one expects to be bitten by a dog when visiting friends, family, or neighbors, and when a bite occurs, you may not know where to turn for help. Ipson Law is here to help you understand your legal options and will be there for you every step of the way. Contact us at 801-332-9655 to discuss the specifics of your case, and read these frequently asked questions below to better understand dog bite claims.
A dog bit me. Who is responsible for my injuries?
Typically, the owner of the animal is responsible for any injuries that the dog causes to others. If a child owns the animal under the age of 18, the parents of the child may be held responsible for your injuries if the child allowed the dog to bite you. An experienced attorney will investigate the facts of the case and will help you determine who ultimately is responsible for the attack that should never have occurred in the first place.
What types of compensation am I owed?
The amount of compensation you are owed will vary depending on the seriousness of your injuries, but the types of compensation that may be due include:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Pain, suffering, and Mental Anguish
We will work hard to help you recover the maximum amount for your injuries to make sure that you can fully rest, recover, and return to normal life as soon as possible.
What is the first thing I should do if I’ve been bitten?
The first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. Do not wait to consult a doctor, especially if the wounds are severe. Many people are embarrassed following an animal attack, and others may be worried about the impact it will have on the animal’s owner, especially if the owner is a family member or friend. By seeking treatment immediately, you can ensure that you get the care you need, and the injuries are properly documented if you need to file an injury claim.
Contact a Salt Lake City Dog Bite Lawyer
The dog bite attorneys of Ipson Law have the experience and resources you need on your side if you have been hurt in an attack by a dog or other animal. We will not rest until you get the justice and compensation that you deserve. Contact us at 801-332-9655 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.