Warmer Weather Means Dog Bites Bound To Skyrocket, Says Monge & Associates Law Firm

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Monge & Associates, an Atlanta, Georgia-based law firm, wants dog bite victims to be aware of their legal options. Statistics show that one out of every 72 Americans were the victims of dog bites in 2017 and with warmer weather on the way for much of the U.S., the totals for 2018 are only going to climb from here.

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They may be known as “man’s best friend,” but dogs will lash out when it’s least expected and inflict traumatic wounds as a result. When you’ve been bitten by a dog in an unfortunate and sudden attack, there are going to be follow-up doctor’s office visits, medical bills and emotional damage. Further complicating the issue is the fact that applicable law when it comes to dog bites, insurance coverage and owner responsibility varies from state to state.

While those “Beware of Dog” and “All Pets Must be on a Leash” signs will protect some pedestrians, it’s impossible to predict the behavior of an animal. In fact, Centers for Disease Control statistics show that 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog annually -- so one out of every 72 people would suffer a dog bite in 2017. While some bites may leave no mark at all, others have proven fatal. Fortunately, the legal team at Monge & Associates is here to help ahead of the warmer weather that’s sure to spell increased instances of dog bites.

“If you’re wondering how to pay for hospital bills incurred at no fault of your own, it may be time to talk to legal experts who are up-to-speed on laws in your state,” said Scott Monge, attorney at law. “While trespassers are typically tossed out of consideration, there are so many more factors to weigh when determining liability.”

One major consideration that should be made during the discovery period of any dog bite case is renter’s insurance status. According to recent figures from the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of households headed by someone younger than 35 in 2016 were renters. Figures from that same year also show that approximately 78 million dogs in the U.S. If you happen to be bitten by one of these tens of millions of dogs owned by a renter who doesn’t have renter’s insurance, what’s your next step? It’s highly unlikely that their landlord will be held responsible, but you need to collect. Retaining a lawyer and having this dog owner summoned to court could resolve outstanding medical payments you’re currently dealing with. For readers who’ve been bit by a dog recently and are investigating possible legal recourse, the talented team at Monge and Associates can help.

About Monge & Associates:
Monge & Associates, located in Atlanta, Georgia, can assist clients recovering from auto accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, nursing home neglect, workers’ compensation cases and much more. For more information, contact Scott Monge, attorney at law, by calling 678-382-6043 or email scott(at)monge.lawyer.

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