Longmont Dog Bite Lawyers
It is any parent’s nightmare to learn that their child has been bitten by a dog. This is especially true if a dog has bitten a child in the face or caused severe damage to other parts of the body. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our lawyers and support staff are parents and grandparents ourselves, and we feel your pain. The good news is that we are also highly experienced dog bite lawyers who have and will hold negligent dog owners responsible for their actions. Whether it is by obtaining a civil judgment against the responsible party, or by helping you find your voice as a victim in a criminal proceeding, we can help. Call us today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your dog bite case.The Impact of a Dog Bite on a Child
A dog bite on a child can be devastating both physically and mentally. In America each year, over 800,000 people require medical treatment after being bitten by dogs.
Regarding children, when a child gets bitten on the face or other visible part of the body, the resulting scarring can create feelings of self-doubt, low self-esteem, and embarrassment. Scarring from a dog bite can last an entire lifetime, and it can impact a child’s self-image as they grow into an adult. Any mental health counselor can tell you that a scarred face or body part can influence how a person interacts with others, whether it be in a relationship, job interview, or even later on in life as a parent themselves. Physical scars or injury to a body part can translate into large damages that an experienced dog bite lawyer will consider in seeking a settlement or civil judgment against the dog owner or his or her insurance company.
By the same token, a child who has been bitten by a dog can feel like they did something wrong, and a child can carry a large amount of guilt and shame about their injury. Not only does this also impact self-esteem, but children bitten by dogs can go overnight from being fun-loving animal lovers to having an intense fear of dogs. This is another significant aspect of damages in a dog-bite case.Analyzing Your Dog Bite Case
At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our Longmont dog bite lawyers will examine your case to bring maximum value when it comes time to settle or amicably resolve your dog-bite claim. Our attorneys will look at thinks like:
- The Dog’s Breed
- Whether Owner on Notice for Dog’s Propensity to Bite
- The Dog’s Aggressiveness
- Nature & Extent of Your Injuries
- Permanency of Injuries
- Degree of Disfigurement
- Mental Health Impact
- Steps Taken Help You Recover from Your Injuries
- Lost Work or School
- The Jurisdiction of Your Case
- Other Factors Unique to Your Case
We will take the circumstances of your case and compellingly present them to the dog owner’s insurance company, along with a demand for financial compensation. We will make every effort to resolve your dog bite claim through a settlement and without filing a lawsuit. However, if the dog owner does not step up and take responsibility by paying for your damages, our dog bite attorneys will not hesitate to file suit and present your case to a jury.Successful Outcomes
Perhaps due to our location within a young community, our law firm has extensive experience representing kids bitten by dogs. In 2019, for example, we have achieved two policy limits settlements for all of the insurance money available to our clients. There is no doubt that insurance companies understand our ability to successfully advocate for dog bite victims and their families.
When a dog bite has injured a child or elderly person, often times a settlement will require court-approval. We have worked with numerous probate courts to win court approval by judges so that a child’s settlement is protected well into the future. Commonly, we will arrange for settlements that will cover a minor child’s college costs in the future, as well as other enrichment activities. We are also able to set aside funds for a child when they get older and they want to purchase a home, for example. It all depends on the amount of the settlement and the age of the child.Call Us Today
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, even by accident, we can help. Call us today for a free consultation about your case and let us help you get the financial compensation you deserve. We are available at 303-543-1000, and we look forward to hearing from you.