Expert Representation for Victims of Dog Attacks

Addressing Dog Bites And Animal Aggression

Dog bites can incur immediate pain, suffering, and medical expenses as well as long-lasting trauma and disfigurement. The attorneys at Bowden Cyr, PLLC, have handled many animal attack cases and can help you gather information from your doctors and provide documentation to the dog owner and insurance carrier to prepare your case.

If you or your child was attacked by a dog or other animal, a free consultation with a personal injury attorney will provide you and your family with information and options about payment for medical bills as well as the support and compensation the dog owner or harborer may be responsible to pay.

If you are wondering what to do after you or a loved one were attacked by a dog or other animal in Minnesota, we have resources available to guide you.

Understanding Your Unique Circumstances

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs and almost half of them are children. Each year 800,000 people seek medical attention and an average of 16 people die because of dog attacks. We can help!

We work with individuals and parents who are concerned about:

  • Long-term scarring and disfigurement
  • Infection
  • Medical bills
  • Trauma and long-term emotional stress, no matter how big the dog or how small the child
  • Preventing the dog from attacking another person/child

While most dogs are friendly and won’t ever bite or attack, some are overly aggressive or improperly trained, and it only takes an instant for serious injuries to be inflicted from a dog bite. At Bowden Cyr, PLLC, we can move quickly to protect the your rights or the rights of your child following a dog bite or animal-related injury. We know how to thoroughly investigate and provide appropriate documentation to the dog owner and insurance carrier to allow for appropriate resolution.

Working With Outside Professionals

An experienced lawyer can help animal attack victims and their families communicate with doctors and gather necessary information to prepare the case to compensate not only for medical expenses that are immediately incurred, but also for future medical expenses or reconstructive surgery. Bowden Cyr, PLLC, also helps people and their families recover for the pain and suffering caused by an animal attack that often includes significant immediate effects as well as severe long-lasting effects.

Discuss Your Case With Experienced Attorneys

All minor settlements for children under the age of 18 must be approved by a District Court judge. If you or your child was injured by a dog, call 651-288-2844 or contact the Woodbury law firm Bowden Cyr, PLLC, online for a free consultation.

How Should I Respond To An Animal Attack?

Animal attacks are frightening and dangerous. It is important to know what to do if a dog or other animal aggressively bites or otherwise attacks you or your child. How you respond to an attack can affect your health and your potential for compensation. Dog attacks may cause severe, even permanent injuries while incurring high medical bills. If you or your child were attacked, you may have a right to compensation for medical bills and additional compensation from the animal’s owner or harborer.

Almost 40 percent of Minnesota residents own dogs. While most animals are not aggressive, Minnesota’s high concentration of dogs makes it probable that you will cross paths with an aggressive animal at some point. Follow the steps below to contact the proper individuals and document the information you need to make a claim in case you or your child suffer a dog bite.

Call Bowden Cyr, PLLC, at 651-288-2844 to speak with a lawyer if you or a family member were attacked by an animal.

4 Key Steps In Responding To An Animal Attack

  1. Seek immediate medical attention.
  2. Call the appropriate authorities: 911, police, or animal control. Depending on the county or area where the attack occurred, both the police and animal control may investigate. Also, the sooner you call the authorities, the sooner the animal’s owner can be put on notice of the attack. The authorities will need to verify if the animal is up to date on its shots and whether it must be quarantined. Ask for documentation about the attack and the animal in question.
  3. Take photographs of injuries and bruising. Photographs of the injuries are helpful in assessing damages and obtaining appropriate compensation. Some medical providers take photographs, depending on the provider and the treatment that is required.
  4. Speak with an attorney who can explain the victim’s rights and payment of medical bills after an animal attack. The value of a case depends on many factors other than just the bite, such as healing and the impact on the victim’s personal life, job, etc. No two victims are impacted exactly the same and cases should be assessed based on individual facts.

Contact An Attorney Experienced With Animal Attacks

If you or your child was attacked by an aggressive animal, call 651-288-2844 to schedule your free consultation. You may also choose to contact us online. Our Woodbury attorneys will evaluate your case and advise you on steps moving forward. We understand what evidence is needed to make a solid claim and will fairly evaluate what you can expect given your circumstances.

Protecting Children From Animal Attacks

Animal attacks, including dog bites, often involve young children because kids tend to be playful and like to interact with animals. Unfortunately, sometimes this playfulness can result in a dog or cat reacting aggressively because it thought its food, toys, or territory were threatened. Sometimes an animal may be in pain, anxious, or overly stimulated and react to your child negatively.

Regardless of the circumstances, in Minnesota, animal owners and keepers are responsible for these attacks regardless of how the incident occurred, so long as your child was lawfully on the premises of the attack and did not provoke the attack.

To discuss the circumstances of your case and find out more about filing a claim on behalf of your child, call our office at 651-288-2844 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Cases Involving Children Are More Complex

Unlike a personal injury case involving an animal attack on an adult, when a child is bitten by a dog, the process of filing a claim and receiving monetary damages for the incident becomes more complex. Our personal injury attorney has handled numerous animal attack cases involving minors and is not only familiar with the process, but can prepare a successful case that calculates damages unique to cases involving children.

When you come to our firm, your attorney will discuss the various aspects of your child’s case, including:

  • Approval of the court for the resolution of your case
  • The use of a guardian ad litem if necessary
  • Statute of limitations for filing your case
  • How settlement funds will be allocated and distributed
  • Parental claims for medical bills
  • Compensation for trauma, both medical and physical
  • Unique circumstances of a wrongful death of a child

If your child is old enough to hold a job and has lost wages due to his or her injury, these may also be considered when calculating your child’s settlement. There are several variables to consider in a case involving a minor. Our firm has experience handling these cases, and you can be confident that your child’s claim will be handled thoroughly and strategically.

Contact Attorneys Who Will Fight For Your Children

Unlike many personal injury firms that attempt to take on as many cases as possible and rotate them out the door, we genuinely care about your circumstances and want to help you and your child move forward. Get in touch with our firm by calling 651-288-2844 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our office near Woodbury.

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