Hiring the Best Wyoming Lawyers for Dog Bites
Dog bites are not “minor” injuries. In addition to causing cuts and bruising, dog bites can fracture bones and cause permanent nerve damage.
Fortunately, Wyoming law allows injured victims to sue the dog owner for compensation—but victims will need help bringing the best case.
Finding lawyers for dog bites is easy—type “Wyoming” and “lawyers for dog bites” into your favorite search engine and then look down through the list.
But choosing the best lawyer to handle your case requires more research. In this article, we include tips for hiring the best Wyoming lawyer for your dog bite case.
Check a Lawyer’s Experience with Dog Bite Cases
If you find a lawyer nearby, call him or her up and ask what experience they have with dog bite cases. This is a complex area of law, and not all attorneys understand it.
For example, you can bring dog bite cases on one of two legal grounds:
- Strict liability: if the owner knew the dog had a propensity to be vicious, then the owner is strictly liable if the dog bites you.
- Negligence: if the dog bites you because the owner did not exercise ordinary care to protect you, then you can sue. The test is what an ordinary careful person would do to keep its dog from biting or attacking people. An owner might also be negligent if they violated an animal control regulation.
Many lawyers don’t understand the distinction between the two theories or are even aware you can sue on a negligence theory for dog bites. Make sure the lawyer has a firm handle on the law.
Ask What Evidence You Need to Strengthen Your Case
It is not enough to simply allege that you were bitten. You also need other evidence to bring a successful case, such as:
- Proof of your economic losses, such as medical bills and receipts
- Evidence that you have suffered pain and other emotional distress
- Proof of the dog owner’s identity
- Documents establishing the date and time of the attack (such as a police report, insurance claim form, etc.)
When meeting with an attorney, discuss your case in detail. Ask the lawyer what will make your case stronger. The best dog bite lawyers realize that you need solid evidence to establish a claim, and they will have tips for how to obtain it.
Discuss the Likeliest Outcome
The best Wyoming lawyers for dog bites do not make promises. If a lawyer tells you that you are “guaranteed” to make $100,000 for your injuries, you should run and find a new lawyer.
Instead, experienced attorneys will discuss what “probably” will happen in your case, based on their experience and knowledge of the law. You can take comfort that you have found a skilled lawyer when he gives a realistic assessment of your case.
Speak to Platte River Law Today
Hiring a dog bite lawyer takes time and energy, but the results are worth it.
You can dramatically increase the amount of compensation you receive by hiring tough legal counsel to represent you.
At Platte River Law, we have spent years representing injured victims in Caspar, as well as the entire state of Wyoming.
To find out more about how we can help, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. You can call 307-215-9724 or send us an email message.