Filing a dog bite lawsuit can be a demanding process. Besides the physical pain and psychological distress, you now have to deal with legal issues as well. Understanding the process is a critical step in building a strong case. At the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan, we help clients receive compensation for a range of personal injuries including dog bites. Keep reading to learn what to anticipate after filing a lawsuit.
Once you initiate a dog bite lawsuit, it is important to be prepared and understand that the defendant might fight your claim. Having this foreknowledge helps to pre-empt these denials, giving you a steady footing in your pursuit of justice. Here are two of the common defenses you might encounter.
In some instances, the defendant might refuse to accept responsibility for the dog involved in the incident. This tactic can potentially exonerate them from the liabilities arising from the bite. To counter this, gather sufficient evidence to indisputably link the defendant to the dog. This could include witness statements, previous complaints about the dog, or any other documentation that demonstrates ownership or responsibility.
A classic defense that might be used is that you were not legally permitted to be on the property at the time of the incident. The defendant might claim trespassing to weaken your case. You’ll need to prove that you had every right to be where you were. Possible proofs might include an invitation from the property owner or being in a public place accessible to everyone, like a sidewalk.
In many jurisdictions, if it can be proven that the victim was provoking the dog, it can either limit or eliminate the owner’s liability for the dog’s actions. To fortify your position against such a defense, gather evidence that shows you did not engage in any form of provocation. This might include eyewitness accounts asserting that there was no provocation from your end.
Constructing an unbeatable case involves mobilizing compelling evidence and eyewitness testimonies that corroborate your account of the event. Ensure that you have medical reports detailing the injuries sustained, photographic evidence, and, if possible, video footage from surveillance cameras. Having an experienced attorney by your side can make a considerable difference in how your case unfolds. They can guide you in gathering the right pieces of evidence and preparing a persuasive narrative that upholds your rights and advocates for the justice you deserve.
Choosing the right legal partner in your dog bite lawsuit can be a game-changer. Our team prides itself on standing by the victims of dog bites, helping them understand the challenging legal landscape with professionalism and empathy. At the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan, our approach leaves no stone unturned in seeking justice for our clients. We know how traumatic a dog bite can be, and we are committed to shouldering the burden of the legal process, allowing you to focus on your recovery. Contact our office for more details or to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in your area.