Dogs have powerful jaws. Even though they do not use them on humans very often, when a dog does bite a person, it can cause a severe injury. At the Robinette Legal Group, we are here if you need a West Virginia dog bite lawyer by your side. Our team has extensive experience handling complex injury claims throughout the state, and we have the resources necessary to fully investigate dog bite incidents to help clients recover the compensation they need. We understand the dog bite laws in West Virginia, so let us get to work on your claim immediately.
Why Choose the Robinette Law Group?
We firmly believe in upholding personal injury laws in West Virginia, and we work diligently to help our clients recover the compensation they need.
We focus on providing a client-centered approach to every case, which means we take the time to listen to the goals and needs of each dog bite injury victim
We take West Virginia dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not have to pay a dime until after we recover the compensation they need. If we do not win, our clients will not pay anything.
How Will an Attorney Help a West Virginia Dog Bite Claim?
A dog bite injury attorney is going to be incredibly important when it comes to securing compensation in these situations. Dog bite cases can become very difficult, particularly if the insurance carriers put up a fight against paying out compensation. An attorney will have an understanding of dog bite laws in West Virginia and work diligently to obtain the evidence needed to prove liability.
An attorney will handle all of the paperwork required to obtain payment from the insurance carriers, and they will even be ready to take the case all the way to trial if necessary.
Dog Bite Injuries Can Leave Lasting Disabilities and Scarring
Dog bite injuries can be severe. According to data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we can see that some of the most common dog bite injuries include the following:
Lacerations or puncture wounds to the head or neck
Lacerations or puncture wounds to the extremities
Severe blood loss
Significant scarring or disfigurement
Broken finger bones or hand bones
West Virginia Dog Bite Laws
When we examine West Virginia Code Section 19-20-13, we can see that dog owners will be responsible for any injury or property damage that their animals cause when the animal is “running at large.” It can be challenging to understand exactly what running at large entails, but this is typically meant to mean that the animal is outside of the owner’s home or property. Courts often interpret this to mean that the animal is not restrained.
When it has been determined that a dog was running at large and bit somebody, the owner will have strict liability to cover the injury victim’s expenses. However, this is not an overall “strict liability dog bite” state. The owner will only be held responsible for injuries if the injury occurs when the dog is running at large.
Call a West Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer Today
If you or somebody you care about has been bitten and injured by a dog in West Virginia, you need to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. At the Robinette Legal Group, we have a track record of success handling complex injury claims, and we thoroughly understand the dog bite laws in this state. Our goal is to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a West Virginia dog bite injury lawyer, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at (304) 594-1800.