It’s not easy when a friend’s dog bites your daughter during a visit and causes injuries. Attorney Ben Schwartz helps a viewer re-frame the way to look at this sticky situation.
Hi, I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz.
Today, we’re going to do a video for Leslie in Bear, Delaware. “I grew up with a guy (we’ll call him ‘Mike’). I’ve known Mike for my whole life. He’s like a brother to me. A few weeks ago, I was at Mike’s house with my daughter and Mike’s dog bit my daughter in the face. She’s going to be okay, but we have a lot of medical bills. She’s also going to have a big scar. I feel bad getting a lawyer and suing Mike. But, what would you do in this situation?”
I know this is a sticky situation, but we often see clients with personal injury cases in which the responsible party is a family member or a friend. As a mother, your duty is to your daughter. You need to do the right thing as far as she is concerned. You need to remember a couple of things:
Your daughter has rights under the law.
#1. She has a right to have her medical bills paid. You, as her parent/guardian, have a right to pursue getting her medical bills paid.
#2. She has a right to receive compensation for her pain and suffering. Are you going to let your relationship with Mike get in the way of your obligation to your daughter to help her receive that compensation?
This is not your daughter’s relationship with Mike. This is your relationship with Mike. You have a duty to your daughter to act in her best interests and not to let your personal feelings get in the way.
Go to an attorney. Find out more about your daughter’s legal rights and what can be done to secure compensation for her medical bills, any pain, suffering, disfigurement, or scarring to her face, etc.
When you go to a lawyer and make a claim for personal injuries, you’re not necessarily suing Mike. Most of these cases get resolved without needing to file any lawsuits. Personal injury attorneys are not dealing with the at-fault person (or responsible party) directly; we’re dealing with that person’s insurance company.
If Mike paid his homeowner’s insurance premium, his insurance company will pay for your daughter’s injuries from a dog bite. It’s not like you are suing him or seizing his personal belongings. You aren’t attaching his wages or doing something against him to obtain compensation for your daughter’s medical bills.
There are a lot of good personal injury attorneys around. You should go to one and get a free consultation for your daughter. Feel free to call our office, but I think any attorney you talk to will encourage you to not let your personal feelings interfere with your obligation to your daughter. She is a child, and she cannot do this for herself.
I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz. I hope you found this video informative. Thanks for watching!