Birmingham Dog & Animal Bites Lawyer
When a dog or animal bite occurs, the owner of the animal is responsible for the injuries they cause, according to Alabama law. Each year, there are over 4.5 million dog bite victims and half of them are children. The resulting injuries can be severe. Most animal bites occur due to the owner’s negligence and are preventable. If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog or animal bite, you have a right to seek compensation. The experienced dog and animal bite attorneys at Ifediba Law Group, P.C. can help you during this troubling time. Call today for a free consultation.
Why the Ifediba Law Group, P.C.?
- We have been providing successful legal advice and representation for more than 20 years and have maintained a 98% success rate.
- Our firm will provide the dedication, personal service, and attention you desire from an attorney.
- We will tailor legal strategies to meet your needs as your satisfaction is our top priority.
- Our extensive experience handling dog and animal bites cases allows us to handle any issues that come along with these types of cases.
Alabama’s Dog & Animal Bites Laws
According to Alabama Code Title 3-6-1, owners are liable when a person is injured by their dog, but only if:
- the person injured did not provoke the dog,
- the person injured was allowed to be on the property,
- the person injured was on the dog owner’s property or was chased off it by the dog.
Under this code and the legal theory of negligence, a person injured by a dog may seek compensation. The victim must prove that the owner failed to use reasonable care to prevent the injury and control the dog. Also, it must be shown that in the same situation the injury would not have occurred if the dog owner was using reasonable care.
The “One Bite” Law and Strict Liability in Alabama
Either the “one bite” law or “strict liability” is used by most states when it comes to animal bites, Alabama uses a combination of them both.
In order for a dog’s owner to be liable when applying the “one bite” approach, a dog’s owner would have to know or have reason to know that their pet is aggressive. When applying the “strict liability” approach, the owner is liable whether or not the dog has ever been aggressive before.
In Alabama, regardless of known aggression or not, the animal’s owner is responsible for paying what is considered the actual costs associated with the injury when a dog or animal bites a person. Actual costs include medical expenses and lost wages. Only when the owner is aware of their animal’s aggression, are they liable for punitive or statutory damages.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Bone fractures
- Nerve damage
- Muscle or ligament tears
- Infective arthritis and osteomyelitis
- Illness such as Rabies, Septicemia, MRSA, Pasteurella, Tetanus, and Capnocytophaga spp
Contact the Ifediba Law Group, P.C. Today
If you have suffered a dog or animal bite or are the parent of a child who has, our highly qualified dog and animal bites attorneys at Ifediba Law Group, P.C. are available to provide immediate legal assistance. We have extensive dog and animal bites case experience and a thorough knowledge of Alabama’s dog bite laws. We will create a thoroughly crafted legal strategy to aggressively seek the compensation you are warranted. Call today to schedule a free consultation.