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If someone dies from an animal bite, should the survivors hire a dog bite lawyer or a wrongful death attorney?

Seeking a recovery for a fatal dog attack requires hiring a lawyer with special experienceRight now everything is confusing. Your loved one has died from an animal bite or an animal attack that never should have happened. As you grieve, you are becoming increasingly concerned about the financial impact of your loved one’s death.

Who is going to pay for the medical expenses incurred prior to death, for your loved one’s funeral, for the income that your loved one can no longer contribute to your family, and for the pain and suffering that this animal attack caused?

The answer is that the costs must be incurred by your family unless you take action to hold the animal owner or his insurance company accountable.

Who’s Going to Help You Do That?

The process of securing a fair recovery can be overwhelming and stressful, but it is important to do it right so that you can make a legal recovery. You don’t have to do it on your own. Your loved one’s estate has the right to hire an attorney to help with settlement negotiations and legal proceedings.

While many attorneys, including attorneys in our firm, represent clients as dog bite lawyers or wrongful death attorneys, it is important to know that those designations are just descriptions of our work and not titles. Technically, any attorney who is licensed to practice law in the state where your loved one was bitten or attacked can represent your loved one’s estate. However, it is important to hire a lawyer who has experience with both animal bites or attacks and wrongful death cases.

Here’s Why

Dog bites and other animal attacks are different from other personal injury cases. Additionally, wrongful death cases are different from other types of personal injury cases. An attorney who has experience both with animal cases and wrongful death cases will know what damages to pursue, what evidence to collect, and what arguments to make so that your loved one’s estate can recover fair damages following this tragedy.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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