A Wyoming Dog Bite Attorney Can Help Your Case
Dog bites are often trivialized, but can be devastating events that leave victims with serious injuries, emotional trauma, and financial damages. After being bitten, victims often face uncertainty, distress, and lasting pain.
The Advocates are experienced Wyoming dog bite lawyers who have been representing personal injury victims for nearly three decades, and we are ready to help you too. We understand the difficulties you are facing after your dog bite injury and are ready to help you throughout the entirety of your recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We can help you:
- Understand the claims process
- Investigate your accident
- Build your case
- Negotiate with insurance adjusters
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- No need to schedule an appointment
- No need to wait for an email response
- Free online consultation
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Wyoming Dog Bite Statistics
Wyoming dog attack statistics
- Wyoming ranks 47th in the country for number of dog bite claims
- Pit bulls, rottweilers, and German Shepherd Dogs are often stereotyped as the most aggressive breeds, but Chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, and terriers also make the list (attacks by large dogs are more likely to be fatal, however)
- More than 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room as dog bite victims every year
- Dog bites are particularly dangerous for children and elderly people, who may lack the strength and speed to get away from the dog
When do dog bites often happen?
Any dog has the capability to bite or attack unexpectedly, but certain situations present a much higher risk than others. Dog bites are most likely to happen when:
- A dog is approached by a stranger: Many dogs are uneasy around unfamiliar people. Always get owner permission before approaching a dog you do not know
- A human breaks up a dog fight: You may be seriously hurt in an attempt to break up a fight between two or more dogs. There are safe ways to break up a fight without putting yourself at risk
- Aggressive dogs are unsupervised or unrestrained: Dogs without excellent recall training should always be on-leash and under close watch of their owner when in public or around other people and dogs
- Dogs are not properly trained and socialized: Dogs who have not received the socialization they need may learn to bark, lunge, or bite in order to get out of stressful situations
Common dog bite injuries
Dog bite injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common injuries resulting from dog attacks include:
- Punctured skin
- Broken bones
- Eye and face injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Tissue and nerve damage
Wyoming Dog Laws
Do dogs have to be on leash in public spaces?
Wyoming does not have a state-wide leash law. However, many counties and municipalities have animal control laws and ordinances regarding the practice:
- Cheyenne: Domestic animals running at large is prohibited
- Laramie: Any animal off their owner’s property must be leashed, except in one of three designated off-leash dog parks
- Cody: Any animal off their owner’s property must be leashed or under (and obedient to) voice commands
- Casper: No domesticated animal may be at-large within city limits
Dog owners are responsible for knowing the local laws and ordinances regarding pet ownership. An owner whose dog bites someone while off-leash may be liable for the bite under the doctrines of negligence or negligence per se.
Are dog bites covered by insurance?
In most cases, dog bites are covered by the dog owner’s rental or homeowner’s insurance. Insurance should pay for bite victims’ medical expenses up to the liability limit. After the limit has been reached, the owner of the dog is responsible for additional damages.
In order for your bite to be covered however, you will need to prove that the dog owner is liable for the bite.
When is a dog owner responsible for a dog bite?
In Wyoming, dog owners may be responsible for their dog biting another person under the following circumstances:
- The dog bite occurs on public property
- The dog bite occurs when the victim is lawfully on the owner’s property or other private property (for example, mailmen or invited guests)
Dog owners are typically not responsible for dog bites that occur when the victim is trespassing on private property.
Whether the owner is liable for the bite or not will also depend on the dog’s bite history and the circumstances surrounding your bite injury.
Wyoming does not have a dog bite statute that explicitly states whether a dog owner may be held liable for his or her dog’s actions. Because of that, the courts operate under the one bite rule. This means that a dog owner is typically held liable if the dog had a history of aggression or the owner should have reasonably known their dog was vicious.
An owner may also be held liable if they were found to be negligent (for example, allowing their dog to run freely in a park where children are present, or disobeying an animal control law).
What is the statute of limitations for dog bites?
For any personal injury case, a plaintiff only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that time period is up, they lose their right of action. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.
In Wyoming, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 4 years. However, it is a good idea to file your claim much sooner than that. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before the statute of limitations is up. As soon as you think you may have a case, contact a Wyoming dog bite lawyer so they may begin working on your claim.
When Should I Hire a Wyoming Dog Bite Attorney?
If you were injured by an aggressive dog, you will need to report the attack, seek medical treatment, ensure your medical bills are paid while waiting for your case to settle, and more. It can be stressful and upsetting to deal with a personal injury claim alone while also trying to recover physically and emotionally.
Additionally, insurance companies can be ruthless and will often do whatever they can to prove you had some responsibility for your injury. Attempting to fight these companies on your own is often an uphill battle.
The Wyoming dog bite attorneys with The Advocates are committed to fighting for your rights. Our team is standing by to take care of the dog bite claims process for you so that you can focus on feeling better.
The Advocates personal injury law firm is here to help you access medical care, understand the claims process, and fight for a fair settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation. You deserve a voice in the legal process. You deserve an Advocate.
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