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Were You or Your Child Bitten by a Dog?
If you have experience an injury from a dog bite, you need an experienced dog bite attorney from Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton to help you through the legal process and collect compensation for your injuries.
Dog bites can leave devastating physical and emotional scars. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), every year 800,000 Americans seek medical treatment for a dog bite.
Around half of those who need medical treatment are children. The CDC estimates at least 16 children die from a dog bite injury every year.
The media hypes up “dangerous dogs” such as pit bull terriers, German shepherds, dobermans and similar large dogs as the source of most dog bites. However, many animal bite cases involve small dogs that we consider “safe” for children and families.
Bites from small size dogs can include favorite “family friendly” breeds like:
- Jack Russell Terriers
- Cocker Spaniels
Utah has a strict liability statute in dog bite cases, which means that if a dog bites someone, the owner is liable for all damages, regardless of the dog’s history. These are often very serious cases, and it is critical that you have a skilled and experienced dog bite injury attorney to aggressively represent you or your injured child.
At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we understand that you may be hesitant to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog, especially if they are a friend or family member. However, please remember that it is the owner’s insurance company that will be compensating you for your damages, not the individual.
If you, your child or another loved one was attacked by a dog and suffered serious injuries, you are entitled to financial compensation. And even if the bite wasn’t physically damaging, and didn’t require stitches or reconstructive surgery, the emotional trauma experienced by a dog bite can be just as damaging to a child.
Get the Legal Support & Advice You Need After a Dog Bite Incident
Even after plastic surgery and scar revision surgery, dog bites can result in permanent disfigurement and scarring. Whether you were injured in a friend’s home or on public property, the dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy is legally required to compensate you for your devastating injury.
With more than 50 years of combined experience in personal injury law, the attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton are dedicated to maximizing your recovery. We will carefully investigate and document the circumstances of the animal attack and aggressively pursue your claim.