10 Things That Make Or Break A Child's Dog Bite Case


How strong is your minor client's dog bite case? Here are 10 factors, unique to dog bite cases, that will enable you to build a great case, avoid little-known pitfalls, and help you decide whether to settle or fight for more. Attorney Kenneth Phillips (author of Dog Bite Law) lets you "in" on little-known secrets for evaluating such a case, and provides links to legal forms that will enable you to crush the opposition. From the article:

"When you evaluate a child’s dog bite case, you of course have to consider the nature and extent of injury, and the past a future medical costs. For example, a little girl with facial scars will do better than a boy with facial scars. Another good case is that of the straight-A student who, after the accident, starts getting Cs and Ds because of medical treatment visits and emotional distress. But those are things we look for in any child’s case.

"In dog bite cases, there are 10 unique factors that can make a child’s claim sparkle like a diamond or smell like newly poured asphalt. I learned about these things the hard way and want my colleagues to be aware of them. I have incorporated them into my Dog Bite Litigation Forms for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys, especially the deposition outlines and interrogatories. But this article is where you will learn the reasoning behind asking some of my favorite questions, such as when I ask a dog owner, "What upset you the most about this incident?" (My favorite answer is, “I had to get rid of my dog!” Yes, referring to the dog that mauled the 10-year-old child!)"

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