Is there a way that we can collect after a dog mauling? 17 Answers as of May 15, 2015

What can we do if they do not have homeowners insurance? My husband was badly mauled by two dogs and they apparently do not have homeowners. Months after the attack he still has numbness and pain.

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Walpole Law | Robert J. Walpole
The tough part about a case where the other side doesn't have insurance is that you can do all the legal work and get a nice jury verdict, but never recover a dime. Find an attorney who will take your case.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 5/15/2015
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Is it that the dogs are ownerless, or that the owners lack insurance? If the latter, you might not want to bother. Check with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 5/14/2015
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
You sue the dog owners. If they do not have insurance, you will need a collection lawyer to try and turn the judgment into money. That is all you can do.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/13/2015
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
It is entirely possible that there is no recovery available. I've seen this happen before.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/13/2015
The Law Offices of Russell Gregory, P.C.
The Law Offices of Russell Gregory, P.C. | Russell Gregory
If the potential defendants have assets or income, they're pursuable. A settlement could be achieved, or a judgment with post-judgment proceedings. These could include garnishing assets and/or income, executing on property, etc. This is certainly worth discussing.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/13/2015
    Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
    File suit against them personally for his damages.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/13/2015
    Law Offices of Richard M. Levy P.C.
    Law Offices of Richard M. Levy P.C. | Richard M. Levy
    You would need to sue the owner directly and attempt to collect from the owner.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/13/2015
    Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
    If the dog owner owns the house then they have an asset, the house, that can be used to pay for the damages if there is any equity in the house. ?The home owner will be inclined to settle quickly as they have to pay any attorney fees out of their own pocket.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/13/2015
    End, Hierseman & Crain, LLC | J. Michael End
    Your husband can take a judgment against the dog owners themselves. The question will be whether they are collectable.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/13/2015
    Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
    You can sue, but if you get an award against the dog owners you might have trouble collecting. Most lawyers don?t like to take these cases for that reason.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/13/2015
    Goldstein and Peck. P.C.
    Goldstein and Peck. P.C. | William J. Kupinse, Jr
    Liability for personal injuries does not depend upon whether or not a defendant has insurance. Collection of damages will depend upon whether a person has insurance or assets to respond to any judgment.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/12/2015
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    Just because he was attacked, does not necessarily mean that the owner is liable. You have to show that the owner knew the dogs had vicious propensities prior to the attack. In Alabama they call that the 2 bite rule. Once the dog has bitten someone, knowledge of the vicious propensity is presumed and the owner is liable for the second bite. If the owner is liable, and has no insurance, all you can do is get a judgment and try and collect it against him or her. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/12/2015
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
    Contact the Justice Court clerk and ask for instructions on how to file your own lawsuit. Sue the owners of the house if the dog owners are tenants. The owners might be negligent for allowing vicious dogs to be on the premises. The owners do have insurance unless they are financially irresponsible.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 5/12/2015
    Ty Wilson Law | Ty Wilson
    You need to speak with a personal injury attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/12/2015
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    You can sue but it is not worth your time and expense unless you think they are collectable. I would certainly need more facts for a firm opinion.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/12/2015
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates | Barry Rabovsky
    How were you able to verify that the owner of the dog did not have homeowner's insurance? Do you know if they own a home?
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/12/2015
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    You would do an asset search and bring a claim against other assets, homes or wages.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/12/2015
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