Financing Dog Bite Litigation

Animal attacks are on the rise in this country and so are lawsuits.  These complex cases can be lengthy and expensive for the litigating attorneys. RD Legal Funding can lighten your financial burden by converting your settled dog bite cases into immediate cash via our proprietary Fee Acceleration attorney fee funding program. Simply fill out the brief application to the right for a free consultation with one of our legal funding specialists. You can also reach us at 1-800-565-5177 to speak with a Fee Acceleration expert. 

About Dog Bites

There are 78.2 million dogs in the United States, not all of which are properly trained or handled. Each year, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 800,000 seek medical attention, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department, and some 16 die. Half of the injured are children with the highest incidence of dog bite-related injuries among those aged five to nine years old. While pit bulls account for 60 percent of the total recorded deaths, the other two breeds involved in serious dog attacks are Rottweilers and Presa Canarios. Yet a four-pound Pomeranian killed a six-week-old baby in 2000. Clearly, any breed of dog can be dangerous. 

According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bite cases accounted for one third of all claims on homeowner’s insurance liability policies in 2011, costing nearly $479 million. While the average cost per claim in 2011 was $29,396, there have been some notably large settlements, including:

  • Samuel Akinsanya was awarded $563,000 in damages after being attacked by a Rottweiler and pit bull. He fought the dogs for over an hour before being rescued by police. He was left in a coma-like state, intubated in a hospital bed for ten days with bites over most of the body, muscle damage, and permanent scarring. 
  • A woman in Lakewood, New Jersey was awarded $1.5 million after an attack by a pit bull in her father’s house left her requiring at least 300 stitches.
  • Wendy Ryberg and her family received a combined $1 million settlement after a bulldog bit off her nose while she was walking her children to school.

While each state has its own dog bite rules, there are three major kinds of laws that impose liability on dog owners: 

  • Dog bite statute: The dog owner is automatically liable for any injury or property damage the dog causes, even without provocation.
  • One-bite rule: The owner is not held liable for the first bite the dog inflicts. However, once a dog has demonstrated a “vicious propensity,” the owner can be held liable. 
  • Negligence: The dog’s owner is liable if the injury occurred because he or she was unreasonably careless in controlling the animal. 

In most states, trespassers who are injured by a dog cannot hold the owner liable.

Help from RD Legal for Victims of Dog Bites and their Attorneys

RD Legal Funding is positioned to provide dog bite attorneys and their clientele with immediate lawsuit funding. To start expediting your legal fees today, please fill out the brief online application located at the upper right corner of this page. Or you can call RD Legal toll-free at 1-800-565-5177 to speak with one of our legal funding experts. 


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