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Dog Bite Lawyer | Montana


How do I know I have a case?

With dog bite injuries, whether or not you have a case is based on knowing who was at fault. An owner is liable for their dog’s actions (with the exception of the injured provoking the dog, trespassing, being unreasonably careless, etc.). Because the circumstances of each dog bite case are different, we encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys. It is the best method for knowing whether or not you have a case. Your personal injury attorney can evaluate all of the details and help you know if your case is worth it.

How long will the process take?

Knowing how long the legal process is going to take is difficult. Suffice it to say, it depends. Generally, how long it takes is connected to how long you are receiving treatment for your injuries. It would not be in your best interest to settle if you have not been released from treatment. There are many reasons for this. The biggest being we want to ensure that the at-fault insurance carrier pays all of your medical bills resulting from the dog bite injuries.

How much this cost me?

Fortunately, you will not have to front the cost of your lawsuit. We work on contingency. This means that we get paid if we help you reach a fair settlement. Our fees are a percent of the overall total we help you receive.

Dog Bite Settlements and Verdicts

Being the victim of a dog bite is a traumatic experience.  The physical and psychological stress can be extremely taxing.  Dog bites are more common than you think and can result in serious injuries.  The state of Montana is more favorable to the victim when it comes to dog bites.  This means, according to Montana Code, that the dog owner “is liable for damages that may be suffered by the person bitten regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of the viciousness.”  This code also outlines that the owner is liable if a person is bitten “in a public place or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog.”  If you have been the victim of a dog attack, the Advocates Law can help.  The Advocates Law is committed to helping you receive the compensation you need for your losses.

Dog Bite Statistics in Montana

Dog attacks and dog bites are more prevalent than most people realize.  Roughly 4.5 million dog bites occur each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Of those bites, about 1 in 5 bites becomes infected.  Because of these high infection rates, the average cost of a hospital stay related to a dog bite is nearly 50% higher than average injury stays, according to a 2010 study.  The same study showed that there are four times as many dog bite-related Emergency Room visits in rural areas and three times as many hospital stays.  These statistics demonstrate the high costs, stress, and inconvenience that can accompany dog bites.

How Would a Personal Injury Lawyer help me?

As mentioned above, a dog bite injury is frequently followed by expensive hospital visits.  Dog bite-related injuries can result in nerve damage, permanent disfigurement, and other problematic traumas.  More than 28,000 people in the U.S. underwent reconstructive surgery in 2015 because of dog attack injuries.  A dog attack is always sudden and unexpected and can cause the troublesome medical bills to pile up.  A dog bite should be covered by the owner’s homeowner insurance.  Generally, homeowner insurance policies include liability if their dog attacks someone.  Nevertheless, each policy is different and should be examined carefully.

Because insurance companies are trying to make a profit, they are sometimes slow to pay out claims.  Insurance companies also benefit from the fact that victims do not normally know their rights.  A personal injury lawyer can help in maneuvering unknown territory.  They can help ensure that you receive fair compensation to help offset the high costs associated with a dog attack.

What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog bite injury and is still unsure about hiring a personal injury attorney, the Advocates Law will assess your case for free.  The Advocates can help you determine if hiring an attorney is the best solution.  Because every case is different, determining a definitive level of fair compensation can be challenging.  The value of your case depends largely on the particular details involved.  Each case is considered individually and many factors are taken into account including a person’s suffering, pain, etc.

Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations is the amount of time that a dog bite victim has to file a legal claim or action.  It serves as a sort of deadline or time limit.  It is during this time that you must act to retrieve lost compensation for injuries, medical bills, etc. In the state of Montana, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is three years.  This means any victim of a dog bite has three years to file a lawsuit.

Free Consultations / Contingency

The Advocates Law offers free consultations.  This includes phone calls, chats (operated through the website) email, etc.  When you call the Advocates Law, you can to speak with an attorney immediately.  This differs from other personal injury law firms where they will pencil you in for an appointment.  With the Advocates, the attorney is able to give you advice and help review your case on the spot.

The Advocates Law also works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not have to pay an attorney’s fee unless your case is successfully resolved.