Jackson Dog & Animal Bite Lawyer
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs bite more than 4.5 million people every year in the country, and many of them are right here in Jackson. Dogs inflict very serious injuries when they bite and attack, and other animals may also inflict severe harm. If you or someone you love has been hurt, our Jackson dog and animal bite lawyer can help you claim the damages you need to recover from your injuries.
The Law on Dog Bites in Jackson
Mississippi does not have a specific legal statute regarding dog and animal attacks. However, case law has set the precedent that the state follows a law commonly known as the “one bite rule.” Under this law, in order to hold dogs and animal owners liable for injuries that result from a bite or attack, victims must show that the owner knew, or had reason to know, the animal was considered dangerous. Mississippi law also allows victims to prove the owner knew, or should have known, the dog had aggressive or violent tendencies.
In the city of Jackson, it is also illegal to allow a dog or any other animal to run at large in alleys, streets, and other areas of public or private property that does not belong to the owner of the animal. Dogs in Jackson are to be confined to the owner’s property. A failure to comply with these laws could also indicate the dog owner may be liable.
Injuries Resulting from a Dog Bite or Attack
Dog bites may sound minor, but they are not. During a dog bite or attack, victims sustain many injuries, which include:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken or crushed bones
- Head injuries
- Scrapes and cuts
- Emotional trauma
Injuries resulting from a dog bite are quite unique. They may result in permanent scarring or disfigurement, or become infected due to the harmful bacteria inside a dog’s mouth.
Who to File a Claim Against After a Bite or Attack
Many times, victims of dog bites and attacks know the animal, or the owner of the dog. When they become hurt then, they do not want to file a lawsuit against the dog owner because they do not want to place the personal relationship at risk.
Fortunately, when you file a claim against the dog owner, you usually have to file a claim against their homeowner’s insurance company. If you are successful with your claim, your friend or family member will not pay out of their own pocket. They have paid their premiums and so, their insurance company will pay for your damages. However, dealing with the insurance company after a serious attack is not easy. A Jackson dog and animal bite lawyer will protect your rights and help you secure the fair settlement you deserve.
Our Dog and Animal Bite Lawyer in Jackson Will Help You Recover a Fair Settlement
If you or someone you love has been hurt by a dog, our Jackson dog and animal bite lawyer at Keith B. French Law, PLLC, can help you recover a fair settlement. Call us today at 832-243-6153 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation so we can review your case.