Hoover Dog Bite Attorneys
Hoover, located in both Jefferson and Shelby counties is in north central Alabama and is a large suburb of Birmingham. Hoover, in fact, is the largest suburb in Alabama and the 6th largest city in the state. The city boasts a population of nearly 93,000 citizens and is included in the Birmingham, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the Birmingham-Cullman-Talladega Combined Statistical Area. Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Hoover has a plethora of activities for dog owners and their dogs. Between dog parks, outdoor dog-friendly facilities, and other parks, the city is a haven for dog owners and dogs alike.
Hoover offers its citizens a multitude of parks, one of which is dedicated to dogs and their owners and most of which are dog friendly. Parks include: Aldridge Gardens, Blue Ridge Park, Georgetown Park, Howard Lake Park, Inverness Park, Loch Haven Park (off-leash dog park), Moss Rock Preserve, Ross Park, Russet Woods Park, Star Lake Park, Sertoma Park, Veterans Park, Wildflower Park, and Chace Lake Park. Additionally, there are more off-leash dog parks within a quick drive of Hoover, including the mega dog park Beneful Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, Good Dog Bar and Dog Park in downtown Birmingham, Remy’s Dog Park in Red Mountain Park, and many more in the surrounding areas.
For this reason, Hoover citizens should be aware of how to handle an aggressive dog in a public park, a neighborhood and even at home. If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite or attack, call the Hoover dog bite attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. right away. Let us handle your claim against the dog owner while you heal from your injuries. Under Alabama law, you are entitled to monetary compensation for lost wages, medical bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, scarring and more. Contact us on line here or by phone at 205.324.3600 or 844.LAW.TALK.How Should You Handle an Unfamiliar Dog?
It is important that you take all precautions when approaching a strange dog at a dog park, in your neighborhood, a dog-friendly restaurant, or any other location.
Proper ways to approach an unfamiliar dog are below:
- Always get permission from the owner before approaching the animal.
- Hold out your hand, palm down, and allow the dog to smell you.
- Wait for the dog’s “consent.” If he pulls his ears back or growls, retreat and do not approach.
- If you are able to pet the dog, pet him on his head or back. Avoid his belly, tail, ears, or feet.
Wrong ways to approach an unfamiliar dog are below:
- Running toward the animal.
- Getting eye-level or very close to and smiling. Smiling can be mistaken by a dog for “bearing teeth” in aggression.
- Ignoring warnings. If a dog barks, growls, or raises hair on his neck, do not proceed.
- Grabbing ears, belly, or tail.
Should an aggressive, unfamiliar dog approach you, always remain calm and don’t run. You won’t win a foot race with a large, agitated dog. Back away slowly, and do not turn your back. If you are on the ground, take the fetal position and cover your head with your arms. Keep hands in a fist. Use a softer soothing voice. If the dog does bite you, try not to jerk away, as this will cause the dog to be more aggressive. Attempt to put something in between you and the dog.Your Hoover Dog Bite Attorneys Are Here for You
The Hoover dog bite attorneys at Hollis Wright law firm are well versed in the multifaceted laws in Alabama that outline a dog bite victims rights and the types of damages he/she can be awarded as compensation. The Injuries and damages associated with being attacked or bitten by a dog can be extreme due to the strength of a dog’s jaw. Additionally, many cases involve emotional distress and mental anguish due to the nature and violence of a dog attack. Our attorneys have the resources and knowledge to ensure that you receive what you deserve after being injured by a dog.
Also, many people are attacked or bitten by a dog that is owned by a family member, a friend or someone in the neighborhood. Do not be deterred from bringing a dog bite claim because you know the owner or are friends with them. Although the claim may be technically against the dog owner, you are really directing the claim at the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. Anyone that owns a home will have some form of homeowner’s insurance coverage. This insurance covers the dog owner if a dog bite claim is asserted against them. In short, the actual dog owner will not be the one paying the claim or money damages to you. The homeowner’s insurance company will be paying the claim.
If you or someone you love has been bitten or attacked by a dog in Hoover or its surrounding areas, be sure to contact the skilled Hoover dog bite attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. Let us handle the insurance company and the dog owner while you heal from your injuries. All dog bite claims are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that our representation is FREE unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us at 844.LAW.TALK or 205.324.3600 or contact us here.