- Did you suffer a dog bite injury?
- Are you unsure of how you will pay your medical bills and expenses?
- Is the insurance company giving you the runaround?
At the Bliven Law Firm, P.C., our dog bite injury attorneys work tirelessly to provide exceptional legal guidance for our clients. To schedule a case evaluation with a dog bite injury attorney at our firm, call us at (406) 407-9099 or submit an online form.
Dog Bite Overview
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 4.5 million people suffer a dog bite injury every year in the U.S. Almost one in five of those (a total of 885,000) require medical attention for their dog bite-related injuries. This can result in excessive
- Medical expenses
- Crippling financial burdens
When this occurs, you need a dog bite injury attorney from Bliven Law Firm, P.C. to help you through this difficult time. Our attorneys know the devastation a dog bite injury causes. That is why we work tirelessly for our clients to help them obtain the money they need to put their lives back together again.
Dog Bite Injuries and Complications
A dog bite injury can result in serious medical issues and complications. In immunocompromised patients, the elderly, and small children, this can take a devastating turn. Life-threatening infections may arise that can cause soft-tissue infections and sepsis.
Some of the most common injuries and complications include:
- Skin lacerations
- Torn muscles
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Children are at the highest risk for suffering a fatal dog bite injury. In particular, children between the ages of five and nine are at the highest risk for a fatal dog bite injury. In addition, children are at high risk of suffering facial disfigurement after a dog attack.
Understanding Montana’s Dog Bite Injury Laws
Montana has specific laws that address dog bites and how victims can obtain compensation for their injuries. Under Montana law, a dog owner maintains liability for damages their dog caused regardless of whether or not they knew of the dog’s viciousness. Even if this is the first time a dog bit another person, the dog owner is still responsible. The law refers to this as strict liability. There is no free bite rule as in other states. As such, injured dog bite accident victims have the ability to recover money for their injuries without the burden of proving that the dog had a propensity for viciousness.
It is important to know that this law does not cover trespassers or individuals that provoke an attack. If you are on another person’s property uninvited, then you may not recover compensation for your injuries. Likewise, if you provoked the animal in any way, you can not file a claim for damages.
In Montana, dog bite injury victims only have three years from the date of their injury to file a claim. While this may seem like a long time, it can pass quickly. The sooner you contact a dog bite injury attorney at Bliven Law Firm, P.C., the faster we can begin building your case. Collecting valuable evidence, including witness testimony, is more difficult the more time has passed.
Seeking Legal Help After a Dog Bite Injury
After a dog bite injury, you may not know where to turn for help. At Bliven Law Firm, P.C., our trusted dog bite injury attorneys know that you need aggressive and compassionate legal guidance during this time. We work with you to build your case and obtain the money you need to move forward in life after a dog bite.
We can negotiate with insurance companies and help you obtain the money you need to pay for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Long-term damages
- Pain and suffering
Insurance companies will often look to deny or reduce your claim in any way possible. They may claim that you provoked the dog. When this happens, we work tirelessly to show that you did not do anything to provoke the dog bite attack. Our dog bite injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to build a solid case for dog bite accident victims.
Contact Our Montana Dog Bite Injury Attorneys For Help
The Montana personal injury attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C., handle all types of dog bite injury accidents in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, and Big Fork. We also serve clients in Flathead County, Glacier National Park, West Glacier, and throughout the state of Montana.
If you suffered a dog bite injury anywhere in the state of Montana, we can help. Call us at (406) 407-9099 or fill out our confidential contact form. We offer free initial consultations with our attorneys either in our office or virtually during this time. Call us today and discover why so many Montana accident survivors count on Bliven Law Firm, P.C.