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Animal Bite Lawyers in Des Moines

Helping Attack Victims throughout Iowa

An attack or bite by any animal is frightening, painful, and dangerous. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 4.7 million people suffer from dog and animal bites each year. In Iowa, animal bite laws place liability for dog bites with the owner of the dog.

With years of experience handling personal injury and animal bite cases, the lawyers at Hope Law Firm deliver skilled counsel to pursue compensation for your expenses and losses when you are attacked by an animal.

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Dogs That Bite the Most

Any dog can bite, and anyone can become an animal bite victim. Unfortunately, because of their small size and sometimes unpredictable or playful behavior, children are the most common victims of animal bites.

The amount of injury a dog inflicts varies by the breed and size of the dog. Aggressive larger dogs do more damage and are more likely to kill. German Shepherds, shepherd-mixes, Pit Bull type, Rottweiler and large mixed-breeds top lists for biting behavior. However, the size of a dog does not dictate aggression. For example, hounds and Labrador Retrievers are large dogs not known for aggression or biting behaviors.

Small Dogs That Bite the Most

Although small dogs are often aggressive, their bite is usually less serious than larger breeds. According to the AVMA, the following are smaller dogs known for biting behavior:

  • Chow Chows
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Jack Russell Terriers
  • Poodles
  • Shih Tzus

How Hope Law Firm Helps Animal Bite Victims

Most dog bites occur during everyday activities. If you or a family member suffers a serious animal bite or mauling from any dog, our law firm offers seasoned, responsive support.

Our approach includes:

  • Investigating, gathering evidence, and ensuring the proper authorities are notified after an animal bite or dog attack. Gathering photographs and witness testimony after the attack is important if legal action is required.
  • Holding the appropriate parties responsible for damage caused by their animals. Like any personal injury, each animal bite case is unique. The owner may be hard to locate, or the dog may have a known history of aggressive behavior.
  • Properly valuing the animal bite injury. Mauling or serious animal bites cause severe injury and death. We assess the losses, expenses, and long-term costs you can expect due to the attack.

If you suffer an animal bite, count on our Des Moines dog bite attorneys. We understand the law and what is needed to successfully seek the damages you deserve.

We offer free initial consultations, schedule evening and weekend appointments when needed, and can meet with you in our West Des Moines office. Contact us online or call (515) 298-5056 today.

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