Experienced St. Cloud And Brainerd Lawyer For Dog Bite Injuries

If you or a member of your family suffered an injury by dog bite or animal attack in Northern and Central Minnesota, call Gabrielson Law Offices, Ltd., at our Sartell or Brainerd office locations right away.

A dog bite may seem funny on a television show, but in reality, bites can leave deep physical and emotional scars and long-term muscle and tissue damage. In addition to the pain, many people experience an ongoing fear of dogs.

If you were bitten by a dog, take these simple steps:

1. Record the owner's name and contact information

2. Record the contact information of any eyewitnesses

3. Record the location and circumstances of the attack

4. DO NOT negotiate a settlement with the pet owner

5. Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not think the bite is serious. Animal bites often lead to infections, which can take several days to surface.

6. Talk to an experienced lawyer about the best way to obtain compensation for your injuries, including medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and other damages directly related to the bite.

No — In Minnesota Every Dog Does NOT Get One Free Bite

Minnesota law makes dog owners responsible for injuries caused by their dogs. The owner of the dog is responsible for the full amount of the injury sustained — as long as the dog was not provoked and as long as the person bitten was where they legally had a right to be.

Under the law, it makes no difference if the dog owner was careful. And it doesn't matter if the dog had good behavior in the past. If you experienced a dog bite injury, you could be entitled to compensation for the harm.

Dog Bites To Children

The most common victims of dog bite injuries are children. Sadly, children often have the most difficult time overcoming dog bite injuries. The scarring and disfigurement they experience can be more severe, especially when a dog bites a child's face. They may also face emotional challenges in school. A child who is the victim of a dog attack may also develop fear of dogs, which can require professional counseling.

Did You Know The Animal's Owner?

One of the issues with dog bites is that the victim frequently knows the dog owner, either as a friend, relative, hunting companion or neighbor. Most dog bite settlements are against the dog owner's homeowner's insurance policy and will not have a great financial effect on the pet owner. We handle these cases with discretion, being careful to help our clients recover compensation, without losing the relationship, if possible.

Call Us First — Don't Negotiate With The Dog Owner

We offer a free consultation and handle dog bite injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. No retainer or attorneys' fees unless you win in a settlement or trial verdict.

Call us at 320-259-5588 or contact our offices in Sartell or Brainerd by email.