The phrase "a dog is a man's best friend" is generally true. Dogs can be wonderful companions, and can be a great source of loyalty and affection. Unfortunately, not all dogs fit this mold. Some dogs, for whatever reason, bite or attack people. Children are often victims of serious dog bites, due to their size and lack of familiarity with animals. Some children may require cosmetic surgery and counseling to recover from the aftermath of a vicious dog bite.
If you or your child has been bitten or injured by a dog, it is important that you have an experienced lawyer on your side to make certain that you receive full compensation for your injuries. The Des Moines law firm of Culp, Doran & Genest, P.L.C., has helped many people across central Iowa who have been bitten by dogs. We take great pride in our high level of client service, and are dedicated to helping people recover full compensation. Contact us today.
Do I Have To Sue My Neighbor?
Many dog bite cases involve neighbors. As a result, many people who come to our office after a dog bite are concerned about filing a personal injury claim against their neighbor. Our lawyers fully understand these concerns. However, homeowners' insurance policies cover dog bites. Therefore, in the vast majority of dog bite claims, your neighbor's homeowner's insurance policy will cover your medical expenses, any lost income, and pain and suffering.
Iowa Is A Strict Liability State For Dog Bites
Many of our clients are also concerned about having to go to trial. Iowa's laws are actually very favorable for people who have been bitten by dogs. Iowa is a "strict liability" state, which means that the person who has been bitten or otherwise injured by a dog cannot be at fault. As a result, most dog attack claims are simply a matter of proving your damages. This is not to say that a trial cannot occur, and if we need to go to trial to protect your rights, we will.
Contact Us Today
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, call Culp, Doran & Genest, P.L.C. Call 515-288-3333 or email our law firm to discuss your case. We offer free initial consultations and do not charge attorneys fees unless we help you recover compensation for your injuries.