Labrador Retriever Dog Bites
Labrador retrievers are consistently one of the most, if not the most, popular form of dog breeds in existence in America. They are a common fixture in homes across Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, Olympia, and other parts of Washington State. They are known as loyal and obedient dogs for the most part, but even these dogs have a history and propensity to attack and bite people.Labrador Retriever Facts and Considerations
Labrador Retrievers, while very popular in America, actually first appeared in Newfoundland, Canada in the 1830’s. They were used primarily as hunting dogs originally, to track down birds and other game for hunters in England who had brought the dog breed over from Canada. They are large dogs, with males weighing between 65 and 80 pounds and females weighing between 55-70 pounds. They live between 12-13 years and they are either black, yellow, or chocolate colored.Ways to Prevent a Labrador Dog Bite Attack
The vast majority of Labrador Retrievers are perfectly safe and not the kind of dog to attack someone, even if they are by some means provoked to attack. There are, however, some common sense things to do to lessen the chances of being attacked by a Lab or bitten. First and foremost, never approach an unfamiliar dog if you can help it.
It’s also important to keep Labs away from small children unless an adult is carefully supervising the child and the dog and the dog is not too close to the child. Children have a tendency to accidentally provoke a Labrador attack or bite by pulling on a Lab’s tail, ears, or disturbing the dog because they simply do not know better.
If you notice the Lab becoming aggressive, it is best to avoid the impulse to run, scream, or move in a sudden manner. Instead, it is best to avoid eye contact, which is the most important thing you can do, and move away from the Lab in a slow manner. Do not pet or interact with a Lab while he or she is eating, drinking, or sleeping. And last, but most important, do not act in an aggressive or threatening way towards a Lab if the Lab is with their puppies.Who Will Pay Your Medical Bills After a Labrador Attack?
If you have been attacked by a Lab, you have likely received medical attention, most likely first at the ER and from there at your primary doctor. Surgery may be recommended as well as additional care to treat numbness, nerve damage, and possibly even permanent scarring. Obviously, this is going to be expensive and bills are going to start to trickle in from doctors and hospitals. It is not uncommon for an ER visit to cost more than $10,000. With this in mind, you might be wondering who and how these bills will be paid?
The first thing that must be understood is whether there is insurance involved, from two sides. First, you need to find out if the Lab’s owner had homeowner’s insurance (if they owned the home) or renter’s insurance (if they rented the home). Chances are good that if the Lab bit and attacked you at a business, then the business has an insurance policy insuring the business. Sometimes the insurance company will pay these bills. Other times they will not.
If they don’t, then hopefully you have health insurance through work, whether that be Kaiser, Premera, Regence, or some other form of health insurance. You should call them and explain you were attacked by a Lab. Your health insurance company will then set up what is called a subrogation claim. Subrogation means that your health insurance company will pay the bills, but if you receive a settlement at the end of your case from the dog’s owner’s insurance company that includes medical bills, then they, as in your insurance company, will be allowed to recover what they paid on your behalf.
So again, the most important thing is figuring out if there is insurance and then notifying both insurance companies of the incident with the Lab attack.Common Labrador Attack Injuries
If you have been attacked and bitten by a Lab, the most common injuries you have received are likely going to be bite or puncture wounds to your skin, which may result in scarring if the Lab tore or broke open the skin. You may also have permanent nerve damage and numbness to the affected part of your body.
Additionally, you may also have emotional or psychological trauma stemming from the Lab attack. The emotional and psychological side of your injuries should not be overlooked. You should seek treatment in the form of a counselor or therapist or psychologist as well as see a doctor for your physical injuries to make sure you make a full recovery.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
After being attacked or bitten by a Lab, you should seek immediate medical care for your injuries. From there, the Jackman Law Firm can help establish and position your case in the best possible light. Chances are probably high that you are dealing with, or hearing from, an insurance company, most likely an insurance company for the homeowner who owned the Lab that attacked or bit you. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover money for the following:
- Medical bills, both past and future
- Out of pocket expenses, such as bandages and a cast
- Pain and suffering
- Wages, both past wages you lost and future wages you may lose
Making sure you receive monetary damages is very important, but so establishing that you had no fault in the matter. This becomes important when some insurance companies attempt to argue that you were somehow responsible for the attack. We can help prove this is nonsense. We have a long track record of successfully negotiating with insurance companies to get people the most possible money for their case. Alternatively, if negotiations fall apart and we cannot settle your case, we will go to court and seek a large verdict for your damages.
Feel free to call us a for a free consultation to discuss your case in greater depth.