An animal attack can lead to severe lacerations, stitches, reconstructive surgery, and deadly infections. After an attack, you only have three years to seek compensation. That is why it is important to contact an experienced firm right away. At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, we are passionate about protecting the injured.
Mississippi’s “One Bite” Law
While the “one bite” law is not a specific statute, most Mississippi judges will reference it based on previous cases. According to this concept, a dog bite victim must prove several things before the judge will honor his or her claim.
Victims must show that:
- The animal was aggressive or dangerous prior to the attack
- The owner should have known that the animal had a dangerous disposition
- The owner should have foreseen that the animal would attack
By this standard, a pet owner cannot be held responsible if he or she did not know that the dog was a threat. For example, if the dog previously attacked another person, frequently growls or snarls at people, or lunges at others, this would indicate it has a dangerous propensity or disposition.
Seeking Damages in An Animal Attack
While dog bites are the most common type of animal attack, lawsuits are not restricted to canines. You may also have grounds for litigation if you were attacked by a cat, bull, horse, or any other pet. In addition, these cases are not limited to bites. If you were knocked to the ground or scratched by an aggressive dog, you may have a viable case. Our team can fight for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages during recovery, emotional pain and suffering, or disfigurement.
Why Should You Call Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman?
Unfortunately, many defendants try to shift the blame in personal injury cases. A pet owner may claim that you provoked the animal or that you trespassed on his or her property. This is why you should always start your lawsuit with a seasoned and knowledgeable professional at your side. Our lawyers will do what we can to formulate a soundproof case that explains your situation and seeks maximum compensation. Contact us today for a consultation regarding your case.
Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman helps those who have been injured by an animal attack throughout Northern Mississippi including the cities of Southaven and Hernando as well as the counties of DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica.