Dog Bite Attorneys in Salt Lake City

Dog attacks in Utah can happen fast and with little warning. You may be walking in your neighborhood when your neighbor’s dog runs up and bites you. Perhaps you were approached by an unfamiliar dog in an unfamiliar part of town. It could have even been a friend or relative’s dog that suddenly attacked you, leaving you – or even worse, your child – with severe injuries.

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The lawyers at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill know that although dog bites can be classified as premises liability accidents that occur on commercial property, oftentimes the injured party may be familiar with the dog and its owner. No matter how your injury occurred, you may be entitled to compensation with help of an experienced attorney.

From knowing what to do when bitten by a dog through providing the necessary legal guidance to obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill can help with all aspects of your dog bite injury case. A negligent property owner or dog owner might say they’ve done nothing wrong. Their insurance company might try to say the same thing, that you or your child caused the accident. That’s because they want to keep money out of your pocket. We know how to deal with dog bites and insurance companies so you can focus on what matters most – recovering from your injuries and getting on with your life.

How to Deal With Insurance Companies after a Dog Bite Injury

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill understand how difficult life can become the days, weeks, and months after a dog attack. In fact, many dog bite injury victims in Utah know the dog or its owner – and it’s natural to feel uncomfortable pursuing legal action against a friend or neighbor. That’s why it’s important for injury victims to remember that homeowner insurance policies often carry a rider to cover dog bite liability. Generally, you’re pursuing a settlement with an insurance company – and not a friend or neighbor. In other instances, your dog bite injury may result in a complex premises liability case, such as when a dog bite occurs on a residential or commercial property as a result of somebody else’s negligence.
However, dealing with insurance companies after a dog attack can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience for dog bite victims. In some cases, insurance companies will offer a quick settlement in hopes that accident victims will accept their offer before the true cost of an injury is known. Other times, insurance companies may deny your claim altogether and may even try to claim that you – or your child – caused the accident. The Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill’s dog bite personal injury attorneys in Salt Lake City are familiar with these tactics. Don’t sign anything or agree to a settlement before discussing your legal options with an experienced lawyer. There may be more damages than insurance companies want to tell you.

What to Do after Being Bit by a Dog in Salt Lake City

The days, weeks, and months following a dog attack can be a difficult and confusing time for you and your loved ones. However, taking the right steps now may help you later when filing an insurance claim for dog bite compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill immediately to discuss your legal options with a Utah attorney ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
First and foremost, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill recommend that all dog bite victims – especially young children – seek immediate medical attention. Regardless of how minor an injury might seem, even the smallest dog bite injuries can have serious long-term effects and even affect your ability to file a claim.
Second, our attorneys recommend notifying the appropriate animal control authorities as soon as possible.
The following guidelines may help you if you or your child is bitten by a dog:
If possible, photograph the dog
If you do not know who owns the dog, attempt to determine where the animal lives
Photograph the location where the dog bite attack took place
Photograph or otherwise document the extent of your injury
Retain all medical records related to treatment for your dog bite injury
Obtain a copy of any report generated by the responding animal control authority

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Attorney Peter W. Summerill is an attorney who serves the legal needs of personal injury and accident victims in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and across Utah.

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