There are an average of 4.5 million dog bites per year in the United States. These often result in personal injuries requiring emergency medical treatment. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Rhode Island, call our experienced Rhode Island dog bite lawyers today.
Dog Bite Statistics
According to the Center for Disease Control – Dog Bites there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites annually in the US. Of those bites, pit bulls and rottweilers account for almost 75% of allbites. Over half of all bites occur at home with a familiar dog. Most troubling is the fact that nearly 20% of dog bites lead to serious infections, including rabies, MRSA, and tetanus.
Rhode Island Dog Bite Law
Rhode Island is one of the most Plaintiff-friendly states when it comes to dog bites. Rhode Island law often imposes liability on the dog owner regardless of fault. This concept, is known as strict liability. In fact, Rhode Island’s Supreme Court summarized the state’s dog bite law in saying “strict liability attaches for any injury occurring outside the dog’s enclosure.” Johnston v. Poulin, 844 A.2d 707 (Rhode Is. Sup. Ct., 2004). This extremely favorable standard means that you may be entitled to a fast and significant settlement!
Value of a Dog Bite
For individuals bit by dogs, the cost of treatment alone is astonishing. However, that doesn’t account for the pain and suffering you have endured. You may have spent hours in an emergency room, suffered severe pain, missed time from work, or undergone lengthly, painful treatment.
The average settlement for a dog bite exceeds $30,000! Allow our experienced dog bite attorneys to fight for you today. We refuse to accept an insurance company’s first offer and advocate for a full and fair settlement for you.
Call our Rhode Island dog bite attorneys for a free consultation. We handled dog bite cases on a daily basis for Rhode Islanders and are ready to advocate on your behalf!