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Biloxi, Mississippi Lawyers Advising Clients Who Suffer Dog Bites

A firm that knows canine attacks can damage soft tissue and cause scarring and infection

Victims of dog attacks often suffer both physical and psychological harm. If the victim is a child and the canine is large enough, the attack may even be fatal. If a dog attacks you or your loved one, you may be worried about paying for medical treatments and therapies.

At Corban • Gunn • Van Cleave Law Firm, our esteemed legal team works diligently to help you file a claim and obtain the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Our attorneys remain up to date on dog bite statutes in the state and fight zealously for your right to reimbursement.

Mississippi one-bite rule

The state of Mississippi follows the controversial one-bite rule. Under this law, dog owners may be held liable if their pets have a history of violent behavior. For example, if you own a dog and it bites someone, you should be aware that your pet has a tendency to bite. If your dog bites another person, you could be held personally liable for any damages. A dog owner may also be liable for provoking a pet to attack another person or acting unreasonably in controlling the animal. Following are some examples of negligent behavior by dog owners:

  • A dog owner keeps a dog in the front yard without a leash. The dog charges the mail delivery person, who attempts to run away and instead trips and breaks an ankle. The owner of the dog would be liable for the injuries to the mail carrier, because the animal should have been on a leash.
  • A houseguest asks to use the bathroom. On the way, the person accidentally wanders into an open bedroom and is bitten on the wrist by a dog. In this scenario, since there was no warning that the animal was present, and no precautions were taken to lock the animal up, the dog owner would be liable.
  • A dog owner quickly ties a pet to a tree and runs inside the bank. The poorly tied knot comes loose and the dog runs amok, frightening and injuring neighbors. The dog owner would be liable for leaving the dog unsecured and in a public place and should have foreseen the dog might harm someone.

Certain dog breeds, such as pit bulls and Rottweilers, have reputations for being aggressive. However, any type of dog is capable of attacking and causing injury.

If you suffer a dog bite injury on the property of a neighbor or friend, seek competent legal help. Our lawyers at Corban • Gunn • Van Cleave Law Firm investigate your case immediately and determine if a negligent homeowner is liable for your injury.

Compensation for a dog bite

The compensation you receive for your dog bite accident depends on the extent of damages you suffered as a result of the attack. You may be entitled to receive reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage. Moreover, if you suffer permanent disability or disfigurement, you may be entitled to collect compensation for the cost of future medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Let an accomplished team of dog bite lawyers protect your rights

A dog bite can cause substantial physical and mental pain. With the help of a skilled lawyer, however, you may be able to collect the compensation you need to move past the attack. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a lawyer at Corban • Gunn • Van Cleave Law Firm, call 228.273.4455 or contact us online. We are located in Biloxi and proudly serve clients in Gulfport and across the state.

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