Insurance companies make money by denying claims or settling for as little as possible. Therefore, if you filed a dog bite claim without an attorney, an insurance company could very well just reject the claim outright. And even if you do get an offer, it is likely to be far lower than what your claim is actually worth. By some estimates, an insurance adjuster might offer to settle for 10 to 20 percent of what you might expect to receive with the help of an attorney.
You Have More Legal Options with an Attorney
In the scenario mentioned above, you’ll notice that litigation wasn’t even discussed. You have the option of hiring an attorney just to help with insurance matters. Even with attorney fees, you would likely recover more money than you would have on your own.
When necessary, a lawyer can also help you pursue litigation, which could either settle out of court or go to trial. The majority of cases settle out of court, and often for much more money than would be offered in an insurance claim negotiation. But if the settlement amount offered isn’t fair or appropriate, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a dog attack, it’s important to connect with an experienced dog bite injury lawyer Houston, Texas residents trust. As soon as you connect with the team at John K. Zaid & Associates, we can begin advising you of your legal options, lending our support, and advocating on behalf of your interests. Being attacked by a dog is traumatic. Know that you don’t have to face this challenging reality alone.
There are many benefits to owning a pet like a dog or a cat. But as wonderful as pets can be, it is important to remember that they are descended from wild animals, and domestication only goes so far. Many dogs respond to perceived threat by biting, and those bites can be highly injurious or even fatal.
Statistics show that about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. Most of these bites aren’t serious enough to require outside help. But approximately 800,000 victims have injuries bad enough that they need to seek medical attention. If you were attacked by a dog owned by someone else, you can seek appropriate compensation for your medical costs, lost wages from missing work, pain and suffering and more.
Most of the time, dog bite claims are paid out by the dog owner’s home insurance policy. You have the option of speaking with the dog owner and filing a claim through their insurer. But in order to truly maximize your chances of success and maximize recovery, you would do well to speak with an experienced dog bite lawyer Houston, TX residents trust.
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Our firm is proud to represent victims of personal injury, including dog-bite victims. Whether you want to take your case to trial or simply get a better settlement, we can help. Contact us to take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced Houston, Texas dog bite injury lawyer today. We look forward to speaking with you.