We understand the hardship and loss that is suffered after a dog bite or animal attack involving serious injury or death. Accident victims and families in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, rely on the experienced dog bite and animal attack attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to help them navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.
According to The Centers for Disease Control, about 4.5 million people are victims of dog bites each year. Furthermore, one in five of these dog bites necessitate medical treatment. Most victims of dog bites are kids under age nine – often suffering disfigurement, long-term mental and physical implications.
Legal recovery for dog attacks begins with locating the owner, or owners, of a dog that has bitten a victim, and ascertaining if the owner or handler committed negligence. Owning a dangerous dog that bites is sufficient legal grounds for acquiring recovery for a dog bite victim.
Do not accept any claim before you speak with an attorney. Many large insurance companies have adopted settlement policies that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments to persons involved in an accident. Insurance adjusters will contact you or your family shortly after an accident to try to gain your confidence. In doing so, insurance adjusters often try to present themselves as the friend of the injured person or the family of the person who was killed in an accident. The goal of such contact is to settle the case on terms as favorable as possible for the insurance company.
Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is Minnesota’s largest personal injury law firm. We maintain a national reputation for achieving substantial settlements and jury verdicts for our dog bite and animal attack clients.
Our success is attributed to the combination of experience, expertise, and exceptional dedication to the needs of every client. Many accidents are caused by negligence, so it is imperative that anyone involved in an accident contact an experienced injury attorney. Please remember that it is vital to act swiftly after you’ve been injured. The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney, the better we will be able to preserve evidence, gather essential witnesses and address any other important factors.