(PRWEB) December 16, 2012
d'Oliveira & Associates recovered a settlement out of court for $95,000 for one of their New Bedford clients who was injured when she was petting a dog, who jumped up and bit the client in the chin, lip, and cheek. The attack left the client with bite wounds and open punctures on her face. The client was treated by plastic surgeons and ENT specialists who could properly care for her and is left with permanent scars to her face.
The client contacted the law offices of d'Oliveira & Associates and Attorney Robin Gouveia was able to bring a claim on her behalf against the dog owner and helped the client receive a $95,000 settlement. Case Number: NB-11736
Attorney Gouveia stated, “This client, a dog lover, was anxious and scared when this bite occurred. We recommended she consult specialists. Once the wounds began to heal, we submitted a demand to the insurer and sent photographs in support, to show the extent of scarring. We also invited the adjuster to our office and allowed him to view the scarring in person. These actions persuaded the insurer to make a fair and reasonable offer of settlement.”
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated, “ I feel Attorney Gouveia got the woman a very nice settlement without having to battle the case in court because she did all the preparatory groundwork necessary to prove the damages in this case, i.e. – the photos, the plastic surgeon’s reports and having the adjuster visit our office to see the scars on the woman in person. It’s like the famous Ancient Chinese General Sun Tzu’s famous war treatise about the The Art of War, that is - that all battles are won or lost before they are fought. I believe that a good personal injury doesn’t cost you more,, they get you more, because they do the necessary prep work on the case before sitting down with the insurance company to negotiate the case.”
Although normally overshadowed by the popularity of owning a dog as a pet, the threat and risk of dog bites remains a significant one. Typically, 5 million Americans will be bitten by a dog in a given year and approximately 885,000 require medical attention, nearly 400,000 of which result in serious injuries. Put differently, over 1,000 people are seriously injured by a dog bite or attack in the United States daily.
Interestingly, in cases where the victim is seeking damages from the owner of the dog for the bite or attack, there is a system of strict liability. Under the system, so long as the dog is outside its enclosure and it bites or injures someone, then the owner is liable for the injuries. As a result of this, many homeowner liability policies will cover dog bites. However, according to a study by the Insurance Information Institute that reported that insurance companies lost $479 million in 2011 solely for dog bite claim payouts, many companies are considering abandoning or modifying their plans to make a separate, special canine liability insurance.
d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts law firm that focuses on personal injury and disability cases, including auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites as well as other types of negligence cases. They also handle social security disability cases. The firm also works with some of the leading attorneys in the United States for dangerous drug, defective medical product and medical malpractice cases.
For a free legal consultation, call 1-800-992-6878 or visit their website at Dog Bite Lawyers d'Oliveira & Associates