Injuries from Dog Bites - Our Attorneys in Wichita Kansas Provide Tough-Minded Representation for Victims of Animal Attacks
A dog bite in Kansas can be traumatic experience with life-long consequences. You may be at a friend's house when you or your child is attacked by a dog you've encountered before and perhaps thought was harmless. In other instances you may be walking along the street when you're approached by an unfamiliar dog. No matter how you or your loved one has been injured, the experienced dog bite attorneys in Wichita at Warner Law Offices are ready to stand up for your rights. Dog bite cases are some of the other personal injury claims we handle.
Injuries caused by dog attacks can be severe and emotionally distressing, especially when animal attacks involve children and young adults. In fact, half of Americans bitten by dogs every year in the United States are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children between 5 and 9 years old are at highest risk of injury and are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites.
You may be unsure of what to do when your claim involves a friend or neighbor. Our experienced legal team understands how complex these cases can be. It's important to remember that you're not dealing directly with a friend or relative, but the insurer. We'll take appropriate discretion to avoid conflict between friends and neighbors.
The following represent some of the most common - and serious - types of dog bite injuries:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones and fractures
- Permanent damage to hands or feet
- Injuries resulting in disfigurement
- Amputation injuries
While other types of animal attacks occur, dog bites are the most common type of animal bite in the United States, where the CDC estimates that roughly five million people are bitten each year. Warner Law Offices understands how painful and frightening a dog attack can be. You may be coping with long-term medical bills or an inability to work. You shouldn't have to face the aftermath of your injuries alone.
Q&A with Kansas Dog Bite Attorney
- What should I do if bitten by a dog?
- What is the "one bite rule" in Kansas?
- Does insurance cover dog bites and dog attacks?
- What damages am I entitled to after an animal attack?
If you or a loved one is attacked by a dog, you should move to safety immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once safe from harm, it's critical for accident victims to document the attack and their injuries as thoroughly as possible. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the dog attack or the animal that attacked. Obtain contact information from the dog's owner and witnesses. Document any available medical and police records. Our attorneys also recommend keeping an "accident journal" documenting how your injuries have affected your day-to-day ability to complete basic tasks.
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What is the "one bite rule" in Kansas?
Kansas is one of a handful of states that follows what is known as the "one bite rule." The "one bite rule" requires a dog's owner to know, or have reason to believe, that a dog would bite in order for the dog's owner to be held accountable for the accident victim's injuries. In other states the fact that a dog has attacked often serves as sufficient evidence to show that a dog's owner should have known that a dog might attack. In order to seek damages in a civil lawsuit you must be able to prove that either the dog's owner knew his or her dog would attack or that the owner failed to use reasonable care to prevent an attack from happening. Dog bite claims in Kansas can be complicated, which is why it's important to consult with an experienced attorney promptly after the attack. Know your rights. Call Warner Law Offices today: 866-584-1032.
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Does insurance cover dog bites and dog attacks?
Insurance liability can be a complicated issue in Kansas. If a dog's owner has homeowner or renter insurance, that insurance may cover injuries by the dog. But insurance companies may try to downplay the extent of your injuries. They might even say you did something to cause the attack. We can help. If you or a loved one was injured in a dog attack, you deserve justice. Warner Law Offices can help obtain the compensation you deserve after an accident.
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What damages am I entitled to after an animal attack?
No two dog attacks or dog bite injuries are exactly the same. Each of our clients has individual needs. Typically, damages in a dog bite case include compensation for medical bills and cost of future care, lost wages and lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, future plastic surgery costs and psychological counseling. When an accident involves serious injuries - especially injuries to children - it's important to consult with an experienced law firm that is able to help determine the long-term cost of an accident victim's injuries. We're ready to help you.
Experienced Wichita Dog Bite Attorneys
The experienced legal team at Warner Law Office has over fifty years of combined experience protecting the rights of accident victims in Wichita and throughout Kansas. Attorney Thomas M. Warner was admitted to the Bar in 1985 and has a track record of obtaining large, multi-million dollar settlements for clients. Attorney Anne H. Pankratz, a licensed registered nurse, was admitted to the Bar in 1986. We take your case personally. Contact Warner Law Offices today at 866-584-1032 for a free case evaluation with one of our team members. As contingency fee lawyers, we don't charge any fee unless we win. It's that simple. Contact us now.