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Dog Bites

Morgantown Dog Bite Attorney

One-On-One Services for Injured Clients

No matter how well-trained a dog is, they still have the ability to injured people under certain circumstances. While injuries from dog bites are typically thought of as minor, some can lead to more serious and permanent injuries that require out-of-pocket expenses like X-rays, hospitalization, and prescription medications. If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite, Hayhurst Law PLLC has the resources and legal experience needed to advocate for you. Our Morgantown dog bite attorney has more than a decade of experience helping injured clients move on safely and efficiently and can hold at-fault parties responsible for their actions.

Don’t hesitate to receive personalized client service. Contact us online or by phone for a free consultation with a team member today at (304) 840-0999.

Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites

Though dog bite are often perceived as less serious and many victims don’t seek medical treatment, some injuries can develop into serious injuries that require extensive treatment. If you’ve been bitten, seeking an evaluation from your physician is the best way to prevent injuries from becoming worse. A written record documenting your injuries by your doctor can also serve as evidence needed when filing a personal injury claim.

Common dog bite injuries include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Puncture wounds
  • Eye injuries
  • Rabies
  • Scars
  • Face injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Emotional trauma

In some cases, you can be compensated for injuries not caused directly by a dog bite, including being knocked down on the ground by a dog or falling while attempting to run away.

Who Is Liable for a Dog Attack?

Dog owners have a responsibility to keep others safe when with their dogs in a public place and even in their private areas, like their backyards. If you were injured by a dog bite while you were in a physical space legally, dog owners can be held liable.

Many insurance companies are responsible for paying for their policyholders’ claims.

Depending on the situation, you may be compensated by one of the following:

  • Homeowners insurance: If the dog bite occurred on the owner’s property, a homeowner’s insurance policy will most likely provide coverage.
  • Animal insurance: Some insurance companies sell coverage to policyholders who have pets; if the dog owner has animal insurance, they’ll most likely be covered.
  • Car insurance: Car insurance policies can sometimes cover dog bites if the attack occurred in a car or through an open car window.
  • No insurance: If the dog owner lacks any kind of insurance policy that can cover dog bites, they’ll be held financially responsible.

How Dog Bites Affect Children

While anyone can be traumatized after a dog attack, the emotional toll can be even more damaging when the victim is a child. Children are often the victims of dog attacks and should be closely monitored so you can detect any signs of emotional distress following the accident.

Warning signs that indicate a child is in need of psychological help include:

  • Wetting the bed
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Nightmares
  • Clinging to parents

Parents may need to seek mental health treatment for their children, which can be costly. Fortunately, our Morgantown dog bite lawyer has the skills needed to achieve the compensation you need.

How Our Lawyer Can Help

After a dog attack, you may be in pain – both physically and emotionally. The last thing you need to worry about is determining how you’re going to pay for your medical bills, especially when you’ve had to miss work. Our personal injury lawyer can handle the claims process and hold owners liable so you can secure the compensation you need. With our team on your side, we can investigate your accident to collect evidence, stand up to insurance companies, and educate you on every step of the process so you remain informed.

We can help you recover damages including:

  • Medical expenses such as ambulance rides, X-rays, surgeries, and prescription medications
  • Cost of mental health treatment, including therapy
  • Lost wages or earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Just because dog bites don’t seem serious doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to receive compensation. Dog bites can have a lasting physical and emotional impact on injured victims, especially children.

Call our lawyer to seek the justice you and your loved one deserve at (304) 840-0999 today.

Client Testimonials

Real Stories from Real People
  • He was always there for me.

    “I was very impressed with his level of concern and compassion for my disabilities after my accident.”

    - Angela
  • Expertly guided me through the difficulties of a personal injury lawsuit.

    “He settled my case at the maximum amount available which allowed me to have the surgery needed and replace the finances I lost during the ‘battle’ with the insurance companies.”

    - Judy
  • I have always been impressed with his intellect and hard work.

    “Eric sincerely cares about his clients and is a great advocate for them.”

    - Richard D.
  • I highly recommend his services for anyone looking for professional and efficient legal services.

    “Eric Hayhurst's expertise and diligence to seeing my case through was a relief to my family's peace of mind.”

    - Jessica E.
  • I am happy with the outcome and what he was able to accomplish on my behalf.

    “He kept me well advised and informed during every step of the case.”

    - Tracy D.
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  • $1.1 Million Car Accident - Spinal Cord Injury
  • $350 Thousand Medical Malpractice
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Why Hire Hayhurst Law?

  • Results-Driven Approach

    We are prepared to do what it takes to get clients the recovery they deserve, including going to trial.

  • Accessible to Clients

    Attorney Eric Hayhurst is committed to handling cases directly & making himself available to clients.

  • Successful Track Record

    Eric Hayhurst has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts & settlements on behalf of the injured.

  • Committed to the Community

    Native to West Virginia, Eric Hayhurst is dedicated to serving the injured throughout the community.

Contact the Firm Request Your Free Consultation

Trust your case to an aggressive and tenacious litigator with a successful track record of helping the injured. Attorney Eric Hayhurst is not afraid to go to trial and is dedicated to maximizing the compensation you deserve.