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Alabama Dog Bite Lawyer

Alabama Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog bites are serious health matters that can be extremely traumatic for their victims. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), of the 4.5 million dog bites that occur each year in the United States, about 800,000 require medical attention totaling roughly $70 million annually in related medical costs. Most dog bite victims are children, with 50% of all children aged 12 and under having been bitten by a dog at some point in their lives. The most serious dog bites can result in surgical intervention, but, even relatively minor dog bites can develop into more serious medical concerns due to the possibility of other diseases or infections.  If you or a loved one are faced with a dog bite injury, and the massive medical bills that can come along with it, you will want the personal injury attorneys at Stokes Stemle in your corner.

Alabama Dog Bite Laws

Like many other states, Alabama has state-specific laws addressing the liability of dog owners when their dog is responsible for a dog bite injury. In Alabama, a person has a statute of limitations of two years, meaning they have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit in the state’s civil court system.

§ 3-6-1 of the Alabama Code states:

If any dog shall, without provocation, bite or injure any person who is at the time at a place where he or she has a legal right to be, the owner of such dog shall be liable in damages to the person so bitten or injured, but such liability shall arise only when the person so bitten or injured is upon property owned or controlled by the owner of such dog at the time such bite or injury occurs or when such person has been immediately prior to such time on such property and has been pursued therefrom by such dog.

To summarize the law provides that the dog’s owner is liable for injuries caused by the dog if:

  • the injured person did not provoke the dog,
  • the injured person was not trespassing, and
  • the injured person was on the dog’s owner’s property or had just left the property and was chased off by the dog.

It is important to note that Alabama’s statute applies to all injuries caused by dogs, including but not limited to dog bites. Additionally, though this Alabama statute does not cover injuries caused by dogs in public places, if you are injured by a dog in a public place you may still have a case for damages against the dog owner based on the legal theory of negligence.

Many states, when referring to liability of dog owners in dog bite cases, will use either strict liability OR the “One Bite” law. Alabama uses a combination of both approaches. In Alabama, dog owners are liable for the actual costs of the injury (e.g. medical bills and lost wages) regardless of whether the dog owner had prior knowledge of the dog’s aggressive behavior. The dog owner is ONLY liable for punitive or statutory damages if they were already aware that the dog was aggressive.

The personal injury attorneys at Stokes Stemle specialize in helping their clients navigate these specific statutes. IF you have questions regarding Alabama’s dog bite statutes call us today to speak to a lawyer for a free consultation at 334.316.4123.

Compensation for Dog Bite Victims

Often, after sustaining a dog bite injury, you are uncertain who is the party responsible for your injuries and what your options are going forward. The attorneys at Stokes Stemle are ready and able to help dog bite victims receive the compensation they deserve as a result of injuries they received as a result of a dog bite. The personal injury attorneys at Stokes Stemle are here to help you and ensure you recover the maximum compensation you deserve for:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Cost of past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of past and future wages

Discuss Your Case with a Lawyer Today

When you hire Stokes Stemle, your attorney will take the time to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. We will stay by your side every step of the way and keep you fully informed about everything that is happening in your case.

At Stokes Stemle, our team of knowledgeable legal professionals will aggressively pursue your claim to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and receive the justice you deserve by:

  • Conducting Thorough Investigation
  • Navigating You Through Claims Process
  • Pursuing All Compensation Available
  • Negotiating Maximum Settlement Possible
  • Handling Medical Expenses
  • Litigating Your Claim If Necessary

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

If you or somebody you know is injured from a dog bite the personal injury attorneys at Stokes Stemle are here to help. Call us today at 334.316.4123 or email us at lawfirm@stokestemle.com for a free, confidential consultation.

There is no cost to you for this service and you do not have to pay unless you make a recovery.

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