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    Lawsuit Loans on Serious Dog Bites

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    “Dogs are man’s best friend” is a time-tested statement that couldn’t be any more true.

    Except sometimes they turn into a man’s worst enemy.

    It is in many dog’s nature to be aggressive, especially when it is provoked, threatened, injured or experiences fear. The natural instinct is to defend, and in this case, attack perceived threats.

    Thankfully, the United States has implemented dog bite laws that can protect Americans who have been bitten or have suffered injuries inflicted by canines. Many lawsuits that go to trial are settled in the small claims court. However, the majority of canine lawsuits are settled before they even reach trial.

    Lawsuit Loans 101: Pre Settlement Funding Can Help

    If you’ve been seriously injured, are currently involved in a drawn-out legal fight, have retained a contingent-fee attorney, have strong liability against a sufficiently insured defendant and you’re in a financial bind because it’s taking forever to settle your case but you could really use some of your future settlement money now, we can help you.

    Plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits after being bitten or mauled can seek compensation from the animal’s owner for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Some owners have homeowner’s insurance and/or special rider policies that can cover their liabilities. Others who lack these insurance policies, however, would have to pay for compensation out of their own pocket.

    There are three kinds of laws that can hold canine owners liable for the sustained injuries of a victim, such as strict liability, one bite law, and negligence laws. These three kinds of laws would vary depending on the state. Even though these laws can serve as a basis for their liability, plaintiffs would still have to prove that they, in no way or form, have provoked the animals that caused their injuries.

    While many breeds are considered harmless, there are some specific breeds that time and experience has proven to be dangerous exceptionally vicious. Unfortunately, entire breeds that fall under this classification can sometimes receive prejudicial perceptions from other people. Dog bites account for millions of injuries each year – with a large percentage of them happening to children.

    The Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

    Statistically speaking, the most dangerous breeds include the Pit Bull Terrier Family (American BulldogAmerican Pit Bull TerrierAmerican Staffordshire TerrierEnglish/Standard Bull TerrierMiniature Bull TerrierOlde English Bulldogge, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier), Mastiffs (BullmastiffCane Corso/Italian MastiffDogo ArgentinoEnglish MastiffFila BrasileiroDogue de Bordeaux/French MastiffGreat Dane/German MastiffPresa Canario, and St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff), RottweilerAkitaBoxerAlaskan MalamuteChow ChowDoberman PinscherGerman ShepherdShar PeiSiberian Husky and Wolf Hybrid.

    Dog Bite Lawsuits

    Like any other lawsuit, evidence is necessary to further support and prove the plaintiff’s claims to be true. Evidence such as video of the attack, photographs of injuries, witness statements, copies of medical bills, records and documents are standard proof. Depositions are also normally taken from victims and witnesses to aid the plaintiff’s case.

    As long as the animal’s owner can be proven to have been negligent and that negligence facilitated the attack on a person, then that person has grounds for filing a lawsuit. An example would be non-compliance with leash laws, which consequently resulted in the animal running away and biting someone.

    The litigation process has several stages. Before filing, the plaintiff’s attorney would likely send a demand letter to the canine’s owner or owner’s attorney to put them on notice about the victim’s plan to sue and would include other pertinent details regarding the case, including a settlement amount that the owner could opt to pay to avoid going through a court trial.

    How Dog Bite Pre Settlement Loans Work

    TriMark specializes in helping personal injury victims. Our pre settlement funding is a simple 3-step process:

    1. Apply for Funding

    You can apply online or by phone. We’ll answer your questions and gather some basic info about you and your case.

    2. Review & Approval

    Our underwriting team will work with your attorney to review your case and approve your request.

    3. Receive Cash

    Assuming everything looks good, we send your cash within 24 hours by wire transfer or FedEx Overnight.

    What About Dog Bite Laws?

    Generally, dog owners are held liable for any injuries their animal caused if the owner knew that the dog had a tendency to cause such an injury. Also a state law or jurisdiction would make the owner liable, regardless of their knowledge of the dog’s tendency to cause such injuries, or especially if the owner was unreasonably careless or negligent and that the negligence was the cause for the victim’s injuries.

    In most cases, the owners are responsible for taking care of the medical bills and expenses of the victim. Owners have a legal responsibility to prevent their pets from causing harm or damage to people and property. So once the dog does cause damage to someone or something, the owner automatically becomes responsible for the costs.  In terms of cases in which plaintiffs seek compensation for damages against the owner, plaintiffs are able to gain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

    There are three kinds of laws that impose liability on owners:

    1. The dog bite statute (strict liability)
    2. The one bite rule
    3. Negligence laws

    Liability on the part of the dog owner varies depending on the state. Each state has various laws with regard to dog bites.

    Some states, including California, implement strict liability as a basis for establishing fault. Under this law, practically any injury that a dog may cause places fault on the animal’s owner, with the exception of trespassing or provocation of the dog, in which case the dog’s owner cannot be held liable for the incident.

    The dog bite statute covers all kinds of injuries inflicted by dogs. Under this statute, the dog owner automatically becomes liable. The one bite rule only applies to Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.

    Under one bite laws, the dog’s owner cannot be held at fault for the first-ever attack on a person, but thereafter, all incidents are automatically considered to be the owner’s fault.

    Negligence laws apply to canine owners when an injury occurs due to negligence or unreasonable carelessness of the owner, such as an inability to control the dog or the disregard of other laws – like leash law in some states – for example.

    Canine Insurance Policies

    Most homeowner’s insurance policies have liability clauses concerning dog bites and any other injuries inflicted by common household pets that occur on the animal owner’s property. However, these policies generally only cover the first incident.

    Certain insurance companies, though, do not cover certain dog breeds – usually those considered vicious or dangerous and listed above – such as Pit Bulls or Rottweilers as they are known to “flip.” While homeowner’s insurance policies cover liability that averages between $100,000 and $300,000, some policies reduce this amount for accidents or attacks that happen away from the homeowner’s property.

    Something that may be surprising to most people is that car insurance can also cover anima inflicted injuries. But this is only applicable to cases wherein the injury occurred within the confines of the car.

    A pet owner can also opt to get animal insurance. As mentioned, other insurance policies only cover the liabilities of the first incident. In cases such as dog owners who have animal insurance, this policy can cover liabilities that occur even after the initial incident.

    Plaintiffs actually have a higher chance of recovering for damages when the dog owner has either of the three insurance policies, depending on where the accident happened, since the owner doesn’t really have to pay for the damages.

    Studies, Statistics and Reports

    More than 4.7 million individuals get bitten each year in the United States, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The same institution also reported that more than 1,000 people each day visit emergency rooms for medical attention pertaining to canine bites. Basically, every seven seconds, a person gets bitten. Practically 800,000 or 17 percent of those 4.7 million who have been bitten require medical attention of some sort with about 44,000 involving serious facial injuries.

    Also, of the victims that need emergency medical attention, the majority of occurrences happen to children, with more than 50 percent of those incidents having children who have been bitten in the face. It was also reported that the fifth most common cause of children’s emergency room visits are due to dog attacks.

    Each year, an average of 2,851 letter carriers a bitten by dogs, according to the US Postal Service. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes have been responsible for 68 percent of attacks on children, 82 percent of attacks on adults, 65 percent of deaths, and 68 percent of injuries resulting in permanent damage.

    Every year, American adults have a 1 in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog; for children that increases to 1 in 3.2 and there were 42 fatal attacks in 2014. This means that there is one fatality in 142,424 dog bites.

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, pit bulls killed 203 Americans and accounted for 62% of the total recorded deaths (326). Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 74% of these deaths.

    Of all dog attacks, 61 percent happen in the home. 77 percent of the animals in question either belong to the victim’s family, or a friend of one of the family members. More than 1.5 percent of the United States population, on average, gets bitten, attacked or mauled each year. The Insurance Information Institute reported that nearly 16,500 canine-related homeowner’s insurance claims were filed in 2012.


    Latest Developments in Dog Bite Law…

    man in California was mauled to death by a pack of dogs on Sunday, the Selma Police Department said in a press release. When police arrived on scene, an individual was attempting to separate the dogs from the 59-year-old victim. First aid was administered and the man, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital, where he died, the department said. The number of dogs involved or type of breed was not specified. The dogs escaped from a nearby residence and attacked the man while he was walking through the neighborhood, investigators learned. The person who tried to help the man was also bitten by one of the dogs and suffered a minor injury. The dogs were captured by officers and are being quarantined. The owner of the dogs is cooperating with officials. CBS News has reached out to the Selma Police Department for further information. In 2020,… Read more
    The Village of Sebewaing Police Department seized a 100-pound pitbull named “Lucifer” on Thursday after the pitbull bit a 5-year-old girl on the face and mauled a man riding a skateboard earlier this month. The girl was playing in the northern portion of town when she was bitten and suffered significant injuries to her face, chin and neck. Those injuries included deep lacerations to her nose and cheek area and puncture wounds below her chin, with a bite missing her carotid artery by a few centimeters, according to a post made Friday afternoon on the Village of Sebewaing Police Department Facebook page. The child was taken to a local hospital where she was stabilized and then transferred to a Saginaw hospital for reconstructive surgery due to the extent of her injuries. The department immediately investigated the incident, and the owner was arrested on a municipal charge of unregistered/unvaccinated dog. The… Read more
    Dog Bite Cases in North Carolina Dog bite claims are common among insurance carriers. The Insurance Information Institute reported $882 million in carrier liability for dog bites and injuries in 2021. In 2020, AP News reported 46 deadly attacks on humans by dogs and the average cost per dog bite claim that year increased to $50,425. Types of dog bite claims Insurance carriers see several types of dog bite claims. The most common involve house guests injured by a homeowner’s dog. Claims also arise when a dog gets off its leash or when a dog escapes the owner’s property and attacks a passerby. Establishments, such as pet-friendly hotels and businesses, may also see claims if a dog attacks a patron. How does North Carolina law address dog bites? Common Law Negligence The legal standard in North Carolina is, Whether the owner should know from the dog’s past conduct that he… Read more
    Authorities were called to a home along Apache Lane in Kodak Oct. 19 after reports of a dog attack. A dog attacked and killed an infant and injured the child’s grandmother, according to officials with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. The mother, Tiffany Parker, said 7-month-old Bentley was visiting his grandmother while she was moving into a home a block away. She told WVLT News she eventually heard commotion coming from near her mother’s home and rushed over to check on her son. Investigators told her the family dog, which Parker said was a St. Bernard, attacked her mother and killed her son. Parker said the dog typically stayed outside when the baby was visiting his grandmother. “He was so innocent. I know he couldn’t fight for himself and I know my mama did all she could,” said Parker. “That baby was so precious. So full of life. He just… Read more
    An animal control officer was attacked by a pair of pit bulls roaming a Riverside property, the officer suffered bites to one of his legs before he used force to repel the canines. According to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, Officer Michael Cox went to the 2500 block of Mount Vernon Avenue, on the west side of Box Springs Mountain Reserve Park, shortly after 11 a.m. to investigate complaints that four dogs were on a homeowner's adjacent but vacant fenced property. Agency spokesman John Welsh said that when Cox approached the dogs, they initially seemed friendly, but then one of them latched onto his right leg, puncturing it. A second pit bull then joined in the attack, also biting the officer. Officer Cox retreated while using his retractable baton and pepper spray to protect himself, Welsh said. Paramedics were requested, as well as additional animal control officers and… Read more
    Each day about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injury, according to Dogsbite.org. For pit bull injuries or dangerous breeds, one in every six bites require medical attention. In the last 10 years, pit bulls killed 203 Americans and accounted for 62 percent of total recorded animal related injuries. Five Top Pit Bull VerdictsA victim may recover damages from the owner’s homeowner or renter’s insurance policy if the breed is covered. However, most insurance policies do not insure aggressive breeds such as pit bulls and rottweilers. Below are recent verdicts from pit-bull attacks: 5. Owner Held Strictly Liable for Dog Bite in Connecticut, Victim Awarded $15,815 A Connecticut state court awarded a 28-year old female plaintiff $15,815 after she was attacked by a pit bull. The plaintiff was invited as a guest to a barbecue. As the owner was taking the dog to relieve itself, she… Read more
    As he walked out of his office around 5:30 that July morning, Samuel Akinsanya heard growling in the hallway. A Rottweiler and pit bull had escaped from a cage in the Elizabeth factory where he worked the overnight shift as a security guard. Before Akinsanya could react, the dogs pounced. “They jumped at me. I was trying to fight. I was trying to defend myself but they were biting me all over my body,” Akinsanya, 43, said in a phone interview Friday. He said he fought the animals “for almost an hour before police came to rescue me.” The attack, which occurred in 2010, was so vicious that Akinsanya, who lives in Newark, was left in a coma-like state, intubated in a hospital bed, for 10 days. He was bitten over most of his body, and suffered muscle damage and permanent scarring. The pit bull choked itself to death because… Read more
    I have recently received a good bit of heated interest in my last two posts (here and here) on the Maryland Court of Appeals opinion in Tracey v. Solesky, in which the court held that in dog bite cases involving a pit bull or cross-bred pit bull mix, plaintiff no longer needs to prove that the dog in particular, or pit bulls, in general, are dangerous. There is no question that dog bite claims make up their fair share of serious personal injury claims. Here are some statistics: The insurance industry pays more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year. State Farm, the insurance company in Solesky, paid more than $109 million on about 3,800 dog bite claims nationwide in 2011. In 2010, State Farm had approximately 3,500 claims and $90 million in payouts. The Insurance Information Institute estimated that nearly $479 million in dog bite claims were paid… Read more

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