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In certain cases, dog bites and dog attacks can be covered by insurance. If the dog owner has homeowner's insurance or renter's insurance, liability may be covered by insurance. For example, the average payment by insurers for dog bite claims in 2013 was $28,035.
If a dog bit you or a loved one, contact Sacramento & Elk Grove-based personal injury attorney John O'Brien at once to determine whether you have a valid legal claim. If so, you may recover your medical bills, income lost during recovery, and further compensation for any disfigurement and your pain and suffering. Call 1-800-722-4176 or send us an email and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.
DISCLAIMER: This article is not a substitute for legal advice and in no way constitutes legal advice or gives rise to an attorney-client relationship. Adequate counsel is fact-dependent and requires independent analysis and inquiry specific to your situation and circumstances. This article is simply meant as a guide to explain in general and brief terms certain issues and serves to provide general information. Contact John M. O’Brien & Associates at 916-714-8200 if you require legal help or wish to seek legal advice for your specific legal issue(s).
A common misconception of lawsuits is the expectation that the process itself will require a great deal of your time and energy. In reality, with the right attorney, this shouldn’t be the case.
At John M. O’Brien & Associates we value the opportunity to practice personal injury law because it allows us to help people when they are most in need. We make it our duty to ensure our clients can focus on healing and not the steps in-between. For example, if a client is incapacitated and cannot come to us; we go to them. From the beginning we keep our clients informed as to what their recovery process entails and, if needed, we offer help in securing the best medical care possible. To the relief of many of our clients, after becoming their advocate we immediately inform the insurance companies to direct all their inquiries to our office, thus relieving our clients of the anxiety attached to dealing with the insurance adjusters on their own.
As a firm, we pride ourselves in giving each of our clients the care and guidance needed to help them through such a traumatizing experience in their life.
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, likely the negligent party will have an insurance policy to compensate you for your damages. This means, however, that you will need to communicate with a representative from the insurance company, known as an insurance adjuster, in order to recover your losses.
If you have been seriously injured then we strongly recommend that you have an attorney be your advocate. Why?
Here are three ways that we, at John M. O’Brien & Associates, can help you fight the insurance company to achieve the best possible outcome in your case:
1) We Protect You from the Insurance Company’s Tactics
Despite insurance existing as a means of protection, insurance adjusters will always look after the interest of their company first and foremost. Some of the tactics they use include:
Consulting with an experienced attorney from the start, equips you to better understand what you legal rights are and what can be done to protect these.
2) We Help Prove Liability
We are prepared to, if needed, defend you against an adjuster who tries to blame you for the incident. We do this by making use of police reports, witness testimony, photographs, videos, and accident reconstruction specialists. In addition, we have the resources to send our own investigators to the scene of the accident in order to seek clarity of the incident and help prove our client’s innocence. Without an attorney, you may not have access to the resources needed to prove liability in your case.
3) We Fight to Prove the Value of Your Claim
Paying any claim is a financial loss to an insurance company, thus an adjuster will use every excuse in the book to drop the value of a claim. This may include arguing that the proposed compensation needed for anticipated future medical expenses. An adjuster could attempt to challenge the length of treatment received or surmise that the damages an injured party suffered is linked to another incident unrelated to the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney has the legal knowledge to effectively combat these types of challenges that arise.
John M. O'Brien & Associates was formed with one thought in mind: justice for injured victims. Our record over the past eighteen years proves how successful we have been in achieving that goal. It remains our singular mission even today.
We handle a wide variety of Sacramento and Elk Grove personal injury cases, ranging from automobile and construction site accidents to product liability and wrongful death actions. We have the experience, expertise, and resources to take on any defendant, large or small, to ensure justice for our clients.
According to the Webster Dictionary, an “accident” can be described as an unfortunate incident that happens unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. This explains why accidents tend to occur when people least expect it and when they feel entirely unprepared.
If significantly injured, most people cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses. An injury can cause a person to miss several days of work or they may never recover to the point that allows them to return to their former employment. When faced with such obstacles a person could feel overwhelmed with obtaining a personal injury lawyer. Yet, failing to hire an attorney could result in a low-ball settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company; an offer that may fail to justly compensate you for your damages.
At John M. O’Brien & Associates you won't be expected to pay us any legal fees unless we are able to secure a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf. In our 25 years' experience, the focus has always been and will remain, on satisfying our clients' needs and goals.
Finding the right personal injury lawyer for you can feel like a difficult journey. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are many accident lawyers advertising in your area and almost all charge the same fees. Is there really a difference?
Differences can be seen if you take time to review their credentials. Few personal injury lawyers have the proven record and finances necessary to obtain top results consistently. Prosecuting a significant personal injury case often requires tens of thousands of dollars to hire experts and pay for litigation and trial costs. Our law firm has the financial means to prosecute cases without cutting corners. When we make a commitment to represent you we also commit to investing the financial resources that are necessary to optimize getting you the best results.
Aside from experienced trial counsel, our staff is also highly qualified. Our paralegals and legal assistants have over 50 years of combined experience between them in the Sacramento legal community. They are always willing and eager to assist our Sacramento & Elk Grove-based firm's clients with their questions or concerns.