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Gina West ★★★★★ These are professional people who really do care. I called them for the first time on yesterday about my vehicle accident and Josh represented the firm with compassion. He listened, explained that someone would be contacting me today and minutes later Matt called me. I was given the option of an appointment the same day or early the next morning at my home. Matt provided me with his direct contact phone number and his email address. It's with 27 years of serving, training and experience in the United States Air Force that I give this law firm the highest recommendation. Grateful indeed, Gina W.Marvinette Monroe ★★★★★ I can’t say enough about Josh and the team at Mullen & Mullen with assisting with my motor vehicle accident in Dallas, TX. They’re consistently courteous, professional, and provide exceptional service. I will recommend their team for any motor vehicle accidents and slip & falls.Amber Burnett ★★★★★ Mullen & Mullen assisted my husband when he was injured in a motor vehicle collision on Main Street. They are absolutely wonderful Frisco personal injury lawyers. They assisted him in getting the medical attention he needed following the wreck. When it came time to negotiate with the insurance companies, they wouldn't take no for an answer. Our attorneys kept the heat on until they finally had to do the right thing. I feel like a lot of firms would have given up and recommended a lawsuit right away but Mullen & Mullen attorneys are super ethical and determined. They were eventually able to help my husband get almost the full available policy limits without the stress and time associated with a lawsuit. If you need a Frisco car accident attorney these are the injury lawyers you should call. Highly recommended!Chad Burnett ★★★★★ I hired Mullen & Mullen following a motor vehicle collision. I could not be more pleased with the Dallas personal injury lawyers I selected. They are the real deal! I was always kept in the loop on case developments. My attorneys sent the at-fault liability carrier multiple demands to make them agree to pay the policy limits. My lawyers also sent my own insurance company several demands to get them to offer me nearly the policy limits. A lot of attorneys would have given up and just recommended filing a lawsuit but Mullen & Mullen kept pounding the insurance companies until they did the right thing. This saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I'm so very grateful that I found ethical, tenacious, and skilled attorneys to represent me. Mullen & Mullen gets my highest recommendation if you need a Dallas car accident attorney.C. BurnettDiane Wallace ★★★★★ Mullen and Mullen did an absolutely brilliant job representing me in an injury lawsuit and getting me maximum settlement results. I recommend them highly!Mari Hks ★★★★★ Highly recommend this law firm, Josh took care of my case he was very nice and professional along with everyone else.Cayleb Murphy ★★★★★ Honestly 5 stars doesn’t do them justice. Had an amazing experience working with Mullen and Mullen. I really felt taken care of throughout the entire process. Greg was especially nice to work with, he provided me with updates and answered all my questions whenever I had them. Would definitely recommend!Zac Canida ★★★★★ I’m only 22 and this was the first case I’ve ever had, I got recommended Mullen and Mullen by a friend who has used them plenty of times and said nothing but good things about them. I have yet to see or hear anything that contradicts her statements! Everyone on the Mullen and Mullen team has been super helpful and kind to me by explaining everything that had and needs to be done to get the case in the right direction. Greg especially has been very helpful by keeping me updated and answering any questions I might have about the situation, he’s been an amazing help and I’m glad I was able to get him assigned to help me get what I deserve from my car accident. Very professional and fast responses, If you are ever injured in a car accident I 100% recommend this team to fight for you, ask for Greg!Tossem'Up52 ★★★★★ Wow! What a Great Law Firm Mullin and Mullin. I was in an accident not long ago and if there's ever a misfortune in my life as such, Mullin and Mullin will be the Law Firm that I choose again to take care of everything. Thank you Mullin and Mullin again for everything.sisay Abera ★★★★★ Highly recommend this law firm, filled with very nice and professional people who put their clients first. Josh took care of my case and were able to reduce my medical bills significantly which was awesome! Very pleased and glad I had them to work on my car accident case.Thank you, Mullen & Mullen Law Firmclara johnson ★★★★★ I was involved in a personal injury car accident in Dallas Texas, l worked with Josh and Jessica, they were fantastic. If I ever need help again l won't hesitate to contact them again.Kimberly Palmoore ★★★★★ The best Accident Attorney's in the whole metro plex. Thanks Mr Morrison.Terrie Rachall ★★★★★ Joe Morrison with Mullen and Mullen was fantastic representing me for an injury on someone's property. He kept me updated through the entire 2 year process. If I had any questions, Joe took the time to personally take my call and provide answers. Joe negotiated a settlement very quickly and ensured I received a fair settlement. I highly recommend Mullen and Mullen and would hire them again if I need help in the future. Best experience with any lawyer I have ever had!!Caryn Bonosevich ★★★★★ Mullen & Mullen is awesome! Joseph and Erika made the process simple. I am thankful for the personal service I received.Andrew Brown ★★★★★ Shane Mullen helped me with a complex medical malpractice case. His commitment to my case and attention to detail led to a favorable outcome. I highly recommend Shane and the Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.Alex Malcolm ★★★★★ I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I'm grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.Christopher Castillo ★★★★★ I was involved in bad accident, Thanks to Jessica and Josh from mullen and mullens they help through the whole process. Help me get treatment and really took care of me. Help get back on my feet I really appreciate them.R Brown ★★★★★ I have had such a wonderful representation under Joseph Morrison. He is a injury lawywer from Dallas and represented me on a case with several parties in a car accident. He worked hard, efficiently and quick to get me help and get the case settled. He is such an amazing attorney and his office staff is A+!Natasha Malone ★★★★★ I had the honor to work with Mr. Morrison and his team recently and he was a life saver. He was thorough, detail oriented and down to earth as they come. He knows his law and doesn't make you feel like a number in line, but like a human. You can't go wrong with direct access and a discounted rate, I made the right decision and you will too.Roison Fox ★★★★★ They helped me out of a tough situation, and never stopped fighting for what I deserved. I am so great full to have them as my law firm when I got in a bad wreck, I highly encourage they will support and guide you through out it all.falisha jones (l0velisha) ★★★★★ I was involved in a car accident in Dallas texas off mockingbird. I was T bone by someone who had ran a red light. Me being a young female, I felt lost and taken advantage of by the other parties insurance.I chose Mullen Mullen because they were the only law firm who physically wanted to meet me and hear my side. They helped me with all on the medical assistance that I needed . Although it was a lot of therapy, I was really happy with the doctors they sent me to. Josh was very welcoming and I honest in the process. Every time I felt so at ease after speaking with him. I am so happy I had him on my case. Very hands on. Highly recommend!!!Jacob Colerick ★★★★★ I cannot express how much Mullen & Mullen helped me turn a rough situation into something I could get through and manage properly.I was in a car accident on the way to work, and had chosen Joseph Morrison to represent and advise me on the matter. He provided me with solid advice and the right information to make educated decisions in the process of recovery. He was also extremely responsive and forthcoming whenever I had any questions. I had very little experience in legal matters so everything was new to me. Joe walked me through all the steps, helped coordinate my appointments with the right doctors, and definitely went above and beyond expectations. I am more than pleased with the outcome and would recommend both him and this firm to anyone!Lisa Tennant ★★★★★ I want to share our experience with Mullen & Mullen who Truly is a five star law firm.My daughter was involved in a serious accident she was 8 1/2 months pregnant and she suffered serious injuries and lost her baby.The person that hit her had no drivers license and no insurance.Not deterred by this Joseph Morrison was masterful at working our case. He was able to get our insurance company to agree to the maximum settlement under our uninsured/underinsured coverage. In addition he was also able to get our health insurance company to drop a huge lien against our settlement.Joe Morrison and his team were so empathetic to our situation. Even though there are limits to what you can be awarded under uninsured/underinsured they never made us feel unimportant.They fought for us and we felt as though they truly cared about us and wanted to have the best possible outcome.Joe Morrison was a true champion for our family and we highly recommend him and their firm.We are so glad that we chose Mullen and Mullen and so grateful for the quality services they provided.We all feel they are the best choice among many and were the right choice for our family.Richard Taylor ★★★★★ I cannot say enough good things about Mullen and Mullen, they are the best in the business! With a permanent neck injury, after already having a discectomy, my future was looking very dark. They got the full term limits from all parties and gave a light for my future instead. Always professional, and the best I've ever seen at answering concerns, and returning phone calls and messages. They are not just a cut above, they are the gold standard of what great attorneys should be. I especially want to thank Joe Morrison and Rosa, you are tops. Thank you both so very much.Klaus Dausmann ★★★★★ Mr. Joseph Morrison represented my daughter during that difficult time did not only get the professionalism that we needed but also a insurance of true empathy and respect for us as human beings. not one time did I feel that I am just a case. outstanding performance and customer service. I would recommend Mr.Joseph Morrison to my family and friends with good cognitionMs. Macias 2A ★★★★★ They really took care of me and did everything possible for me to get the most out of my accident! Highly recommend! Friendly staff that genuinely cares about you and makes you feel like they’ll do do anything in their power to help you.Paul Nolan ★★★★★ I've consulted with Joseph Morrison on a number of legal issues. He's a fantastic attorney and I highly recommend this firm.Stephanie Hull ★★★★★ Shane is a great lawyer. Him and his team were very understanding, professional, and informative. They deserve more than 5 stars and were great to work with. Thank you Shane!Veronica Da Ponte ★★★★★ The Top Choice community thanks you for your dedication to your city and celebrates your 2020 win with enthusiasm!Ellis Leigh Gardner ★★★★★ Josh Banks at this law firm did such a wonderful job helping me with my case that started in 2017. It may have taken some time, but he was very meticulous and made sure he had everything ready to go. I definitely would recommend him to anyone that is in need of a good lawyer!!Nathan Neto ★★★★★ As a 2019 Top Choice Award Winner, they have proven their dedication to their city by consistently providing excellence through their services. 5 stars!Dyvine Silvestre ★★★★★ They won the 2019 Top Choice Award for their excellence in the pursuit of top customer satisfaction and that equals to hundreds of great customer reviews! Thank you for sharing your passion with your beautiful city!Tami Gray Jordan ★★★★★ I am thankful to this law firm. Mr. Shane Mullen is not just an impressive and talented attorney, he also treats a person with respect. He takes his job very seriously, and he is compassionate with a case he takes on. To add, his assistant is awesome. Thanks!Roy C. ★★★★★ The handling of my case from a car wreck incident from the beginning, Josh Banks always had time to answer my questions and would give me updates when I asked. Aside from injury that I sustained, I always felt supported because they proved to me that they where working for the best interest of my situation and needs. I do not know what I would have done without you guys! Especially you Josh! I appreciate your kindness, patience and professionalism. The settlement amount was enough for my future concerns to help me reestablish myself because of my continued long term effects from the accident. Thank you so much!!!Laura Servidone ★★★★★ Mullen and Mullen, was the law firm I choose to represent me for a commercial accident case. I worked specifically with Joe Morrison who went above and beyond to help get a settlement during the most difficult time in my life. I was in and out of the Hospital for a year. Surgery was necessary immediately on my hand, also suffering from multiple herniated disks, 5 hematomas, and stiches where my left eyebrow used to be. I feel blessed to have such a competent law firm and lawyer on my side. Thank you Joe!Laura Villa ★★★★★ I am beyond grateful to this law firm and especially to Josh Banks. Josh delivered the greatest news several weeks ago. He notified me that my case had settled for an amount that I never imagined!!! Thank you Josh for suggesting to wait it out. This money couldn't have come at a better time. If yall only knew how many sleepless nights I had worrying how my situation would end. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Oh and by the way Josh I will be plugging in your number into my telephone and I will definitely be recommending you to anyone who needs representation!!Tape Mastah Steph ★★★★★ Mullen & Mullen are 100% true honest life savers.. They deserve 10 Stars!! Thank you for everything, Shane. You're the best! - StephanDanielle Johnson ★★★★★ Mullen & Mullen is an awesome law firm and they are very professional and provide excellent service would give them 6 stars if it was possible and I want to add a special thanks to Josh Banks who was with us every step of the way and made sure I was taken care of through this rough time.Jessica Cullum ★★★★★ Josh Banks is awesome to work with! Mullen and Mullen is such a great law firm!!Kyshia Roney ★★★★★ I really love MullennMullen law firm they really came through for me when I need them the most Joshua banks was able to get me back more then though I would get back. He returns my phone calls the same day and explain everything very well I highly recommend them.Good Life ★★★★★ I must admit before choosing Mullen & Mullen. I took advice from a friend who insisted that I contact another law firm who's name I was very familiar with, from constantly hearing there commercial on the radio. When I called the other law firm they set me up an appointment to come in an speak to someone. I went and was very impressed with how nice there office was, however I was not impressed with how much there fees where. Let's just say that I could see why the decor was so nice after I learned what they would charge me for representation. I politely declined and limped right out of there office. I then went home and started doing my own research online going from one firm to another, reading review after review and came across Mullen & Mullen. I called the office explained my situation just as I had done with the other law firm and the first thing that the lady asked me from Mullen & Mullen was would I like to come in? or Would I like for someone to come out to my home to talk with me? They sent someone out, he answered all of my questoins. He was very thorough and professional so I was only a little impressed at this time, until he explained to me what there fee would be. And that's when I became even more impressed. I was told that a Mr. Josh Banks would be contacting me and would be handling my case. Mr Banks always kept me informed with what was going on and would check to see if I was satisfied with the services that I was receiving. He also got me the maximum amount that I could receive without charging me an arm and a leg, the process didn't take long and I didn't have to go into some fancy smancy office. Over all my experience with Mullen & Mullen has been great! Keep up the good work Mullen & Mullen!Debbie Wilson ★★★★★ Truly great firm! Joseph Morrison went the extra mile to secure great results in a timely manner. I feel lucky to have found the firm and highly recommend, thanks again Joe!Joyce Terry ★★★★★ Josh and Jessica did an awesome job working on my case and got me the settlement I deserve. Other staff member were great and welcoming.Mason DuPont ★★★★★ Shane assisted me with my second case and much like the first one, was very informative and got me taken care of better than I'd hoped for. I recommend this law firm to anybody that would need an attorney!Talia Lozano ★★★★★ My husband and I worked with Joseph at Mullen & Mullen, he was extremely sincere and personable, he did everything he said he would and always followed up when promised. Mullen & Mullen took care of us from the very beginning making everything extremely easy to get the help we needed. It was our first time having to go through something like this and Joseph took care of us the whole way. We also had a recent bankruptcy due to loss of job, and Joseph was able to work with the trustee to get us even more than the court's exception would allow in our particular circumstances.My husband also wants to shout out to "Mike", the original representative we met with after our accident, he was extremely knowledgeable and made everything feel right when signing on with Mullen & Mullen, and gave us the confidence we had nothing to worry about.We were referred by my brother Carlos L. who went to school with Mr. Mullen's son and are glad we took his advice!Stacey Lawrence ★★★★★ I cannot say enough about Mullen & Mullen... I've been working with Shane Mullen and from the beginning he has taken the time to answer all of my questions and explain the process to me in terms which I could understand. He has personally called me through all of this giving me updates and advising me of my options. Other than showing up to my rehab appointments, Mullen & Mullen has done everything else.I am very grateful that I looked at the reviews such as this one and decided to give them a call because it has truly worked out in my favor.Thanks Shane!Deon Johnson ★★★★★ Definitely the best in the business. It is seriously a team effort with the Mullen and Mullen law firm. I hope No one has to go through a situation like mine but if you do I strongly recommend going to Mullen and Mullen . You will rest a lot easier knowing they have you back .Allie Farooq ★★★★★ We were hit by a drunk driver in Mesquite Texas, and immediately went to google search to find an attorney at the scene. We were very apprehensive because we had never been in this type of situation, and never had hired an attorney for a car wreck. We solely chose Mullen and Mullen based on their 5 star review. We are so glad we made this decision! We were both hurt bad and had to see doctors and go through physical therapy. Joseph Morrison handled our case and was so extremely caring and understood our pain, he took his time with our case. Every time I called, he answered, and spent so much time on the phone answering each question. He made sure we got all the treatment necessary before closing our case. We were extremely pleased with the end and will always call if we ever need him. My husband told me it's so easy and they are so nice it makes me nervous. We learned it really was just easy! They really did have our best interest at heart. Our neighbor had a similar wreck and we told them to call and they didn't. They lost so much and the wife still has pain to this day. She always says to me we should have called.Brittany Puckett ★★★★★ I want to thank Joseph with Mullen & Mullen for being the best attorney anyone could have asked for. He worked very hard in getting the medical help I needed after my auto accident. He made me feel like I was his only client. He kept me informed on what was happening during my case and truly cared about my health care needs. His hard work and legal knowledge helped me in getting the insurance limits for pain and suffering allowed. It was more than I expected. Thank you for everything you did for me. I highly recommend Joseph Morrison with Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.Kimberly Greer Nichols ★★★★★ I hired Shane Mullen as my personal injury lawyer for a slip and fall case. I hired them because of the positive reviews they had as well as the amount of experience. I was not disappointed. Shane and Mullen & Mullen did a great job for me and I couldn't be more pleased.Razieh Shoorab ★★★★★ As a future chiropractor who also works for a successful chiropractic office, I deal with many personal injury cases as well as different lawyers. Hands down Mullen & Mullen has been the best. They really do take their business to a personal level. After a screening call from one of his assistance, it was the next day that Shane Mullen called me. I will never forget our first conversation and one thing in particular that he said to me. I said, “This is the first time I am talking with you but I trust you so much” and he replied: “I Fully Trust Myself Too.” That was what I wanted to hear. I wanted to make sure that my lawyer is confident and my case is in good hands and with that settlement he proved his confidence and competence. As an experienced client I suggest that if you ever involve in an accident and need an attorney, do yourself a favor and call Shane Mullen. He will represent you with a passion for justice. Thank you Shane, you are amazing!Razieh Shoorab ★★★★★ There is no way I can express my gratitude towards Mullen & Mullen law firm. Working with them has been by far the best legal experience I have ever had. I was not a million dollar client but was treated like one. I am so grateful that my case was accepted by them and very thankful that I have been awarded a great and beyond imagination settlement because Shane Mullen fought for me relentlessly. I highly recommend everyone to give him a call before turning into any other lawyer. Great job and Thank you again!Danielle Valentino ★★★★★ I had used them before and I delt with Shane Mullen and I can say by far the BEST lawyer I have used! Helped me tremendously! If you need a lawyer call them. Hands down the best!!!!!Diane MacNeil ★★★★★ Having Shane on your case is like sending a pit bull after any other dog - they may "bow up" to try to look bigger and stronger, but the pit is going to win in the long run!Milagros Yates ★★★★★ This is the best law firm in Dallas Tx. This is my second case with this law firm, If I ever have another case I will go right back to him.
Not only do we offer the lowest fee, according to TopVerdict.com, our St. Louis dog bite attorneys obtained 43 TX “Top 50” personal injury settlements in the last 3 years. We will maximize your compensation, and you will pay ZERO until after your claim settles. Just call (214) INJURED now to talk to an attorney who cares, or use the form or chat feature on this page to request your free consultation.
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Top St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers Who Settle For More
YOU CAN TRUST OUR FAMILY TO FIGHT FOR YOURS™
If you were bitten or attacked by a dog, our skilled St. Louis attorneys fight tenaciously to ensure the maximum available settlement while offering you the lowest contingency fee. We handle your case the way we would want our own case handled.
Mullen & Mullen is consistently recognized by TopVerdict for obtaining some of the largest recoveries in the entire state. In the last 3 years our firm made the “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. Our stellar results allow us to offer a below industry standard 29% pre-suit contingency fee which means more money in your pocket.
Our experienced local team has an incredibly strong work ethic and truly cares. We’ve been privileged to be serving deserving clients for over 40 years. Call (314) INJURED now for a free consultation and some excellent advice.
A Message From Our Senior Associate Attorney
“It is important in dog bite cases to retain counsel familiar with all potential causes of action.”
My spouse and I are the proud owners of two rescue dogs, Max and Tobey, who hold an irreplaceable place within our family, and we cherish them dearly.
While most canines tend to be amicable, living their lives without causing any issues, it is regrettable that some dogs can pose a genuine threat to people. I have vivid memories of disturbing images showing injuries suffered by individuals following dog attacks, memories that will stay with me forever.
It is crucial to recognize that a dog owner may bear responsibility for any injuries you suffer if they were aware that their dog had previously bitten someone before attacking you. Importantly, this liability can also extend to situations where the owner had reason to believe that the dog had previously exhibited behaviors suggesting it might bite or attack someone. Furthermore, it’s essential to understand that not all dogs are given the benefit of a “one free bite.” Certain breeds, like Akitas and Pit Bulls, are considered inherently dangerous under the law, making their owners strictly liable for any injuries their dogs cause.
Additionally, some municipalities and counties enact their own animal control regulations. These local ordinances often mandate that dogs be leashed, and a violation of these “leash laws” generally implies that the owner is automatically considered negligent under the law.
Lastly, dog owners and handlers can also be held accountable for the negligent management of non-aggressive animals. In short, they have a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent their animals from harming others.
I vividly recall a case where we represented a five-year-old girl. She accompanied her father to deliver an item to a neighbor, who had a small dog that wasn’t deemed an inherently dangerous breed and had no history of biting. Regrettably, the homeowner’s mother negligently allowed the dog to escape when she opened the door. The dog leaped toward the young child, and its claws caught her in the eyelid. Subsequently, a minor plastic surgery procedure was necessary to repair the damage. It was undoubtedly a traumatic experience for anyone to endure, especially a child.
In cases involving dog bites, it’s crucial to seek legal counsel well-versed in all potential legal avenues. In the case I mentioned earlier, the young child’s share of the settlement exceeded $110,000. These funds were then placed into an annuity, ensuring a guaranteed contractual payout of at least $179,864.81 over a specified period. This financial support will sufficiently cover her future college education, and we extend our best wishes to her.
Joseph R. Morrison, Attorney at Law
A Little About Our Highly Skilled Attorneys
Attorney Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner
Managing Attorney, Shane V. Mullen has been handling dog bite cases for 21 years. He is “Top Rated” by Thompson Reuters who named him as a Super Lawyer 3 consecutive years. Shane is also a lifetime member of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, solidifying his expertise in handling significant cases. He is also an esteemed member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, further attesting to his exceptional legal prowess. Shane brings hard-won, battle born knowledge to your case.
Attorney Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate
With 18 years of dog bite experience, Attorney Joseph R. Morrison has established himself as a highly skilled legal professional. Notably, he served as counsel of record in a case that garnered recognition from VerdictSearch.com as a top 5 Premises liability (slip and fall) settlement in Texas. The defendant in this case was a Fortune 500 company with an annual revenue exceeding 11 billion. The specific case, Jeffrey Young v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., showcased Joe’s exceptional abilities in achieving favorable outcomes.
Joe is a distinguished member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, solidifying his standing among the nation’s most esteemed legal practitioners. Furthermore, his membership in both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums further attests to his expertise in handling substantial cases.
Attorney Regis L. Mullen, Founder
Attorney Regis L. Mullen, our Founder, received his Admission to practice law in 1967 and has 56 years of dog bite experience. Previously a Litigation Supervisor at Allstate Insurance Company, he knows all the tactics liability carriers use to deny or reduce personal injury settlements. Drawing upon his profound comprehension of the inner workings of the insurance industry, Regis established a law firm dedicated to meeting the legal needs of injured individuals.
Attacked and hurt by someone else’s dog?
Almost everyone loves dogs. And they truly are man’s best friend. But some dog owners don’t know how to handle their dog. That leads to attacks, severe mauling, and perhaps even wrongful death.
It could be many months or even several years before you get back to normal. You might have permanent disfigurement. You may not be able to work your job. And you may have psychological pain and suffering that lasts years too.
The dog’s owner should have to pay for your injuries. And you’re wise to hire the best dog bite attorneys in St. Louis because insurers don’t want to pay any more than they must. But you also have a second problem. One you may not even realize.
And that lies in finding a dog bite lawyer in St. Louis who cares enough and has the legal skill necessary to get you fair compensation for your injuries.
Believe it or not, some law firms will ram you through their process as fast as possible to maximize their own profit. They’ll leave thousands of dollars on the table. And this could even run north of six figures. You may be left without enough money to live your life!
These law firms (called “settlement mills”) allow an experienced senior attorney to supervise your case while inexperienced junior attorneys and even paralegals do all the real work. Though well-intended, they simply do not have the knowledge an experienced attorney does.
And the lower quality of their work leaves you with a far higher risk of leaving plenty of money on the table. Other firms will have general personal injury lawyers, who have won other injury claims, but who haven’t necessarily won many dog bite claims, represent you. Make sure you ask your lawyer how many dog bite claims they personally have worked.
That’s Where Mullen & Mullen Comes In. We Get You Max Money for Your Injuries!
At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, you get a lawyer with at least 15 years of experience and a proven track record of winning dog bite cases. Some of our lawyers even have multiple decades of experience.
And an experienced dog bite lawyer does all the real work on your claim. We don’t employ a single inexperienced junior attorney or paralegal.
Popular publications such as Newsweek, Forbes, Thomson-Reuters’ Super Lawyers, Best Attorneys of America, National Trial Lawyers, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum have noted our legal skill.
And finally, make sure you search “Mullen & Mullen’s Reviews” to read our more than 325 nearly perfect client reviews.
The point is this: you get a top-notch dog bite attorney with the skill and passion to get you the most money possible for your injuries.
Contact Mullen & Mullen’s Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis Today for Your Free Consultation!
How could we win your claim? Are legal strategies available that other firms may have overlooked? In the case of the latter question, many clients learn what other firms didn’t know to tell them. Plus, we’re just plain nice guys to talk with in person. And there’s absolutely no pressure on you to hire us right now.
Simply get your questions answered. And find out how we’d approach your claim. Schedule your free consultation today when you call (314) INJURED.
How We Overcome Common Tactics Insurers Use to Deny Your Dog Bite Claim
“Insurance” is such an odd word to use, isn’t it? It implies that you have someone who will pay for your injuries or damages when you know insurance companies exist for exactly the opposite reason.
To avoid paying for your dog bite injuries, they might try to construct the story that you provoked the owner’s dog. They may also try to say you were unlawfully on private property, but they’ll more likely try to substantiate the defense that you provoked the dog in some way.
Missouri follows the standard of “comparative negligence.” This means you can be held partially responsible for your injuries too if that was in fact the case. And if the insurer can show you had more than 50% responsibility for your injuries, you won’t be able to recover any compensation at all.
However, working to your advantage is the fact that Missouri is called a “strict liability” state. That means the dog owner is responsible for your injuries, even if they took reasonable care to restrain their dog. Compare this to Texas, which basically allows a dog’s owner to have one free bite (a proven history of aggression) before you can hold them liable for your injuries.
To defeat the insurer, you need evidence. Fortunately, there’s plenty that can be gathered. And that evidence includes:
Medical bills or records of treatment
Reports to the police or local animal control authority
Name and address of the dog owner or landlord (if available)
Using the law to your advantage because of the “strict liability” principle
Photos and videos of the dog owner’s property (pics of the dog running loose or holes in the fence)
Witness statements from neighbors or passers-by
Expert witness statements (from nurses or doctors, for example)
Statements showing your lost wages
Torn/bloody clothing (Do not wash it. Put it in a bag immediately after the incident.)
Armed with this evidence, our dog bite lawyers based in St. Louis present it in the legally most advantageous way, and you have the foundation of a dog bite claim with a great chance of winning.
Who Pays for the Damages Caused by a Dog Bite?
Usually, it’s the homeowner’s insurance policy. However, some policies contain exclusions. For example, they may not cover injuries caused by breeds known to be aggressive such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Akitas, Siberian Huskies, and others.
It could also potentially be the dog owner’s car insurance. That may cover you if the dog was in a car and reached out the window to bite you.
If those options aren’t available, recovering financial damages becomes much more difficult. You can go after the dog owner’s personal assets and force them to pay out of pocket.
You can go after the funds in their checking or savings account. And you can pursue other personal property too.
But it takes many hours of legal work to go after personal assets. And even after all that, you still may not be able to collect. So, you need an experienced lawyer who can make an educated guess as to whether you have a good chance of collecting from the dog’s owner.
Fortunately, in most cases, insurance will be available. And it’s easier to collect from.
How Strict Liability Works in Missouri
Even if a dog was the perfect animal preceding their bite, the dog’s owner still has strict liability for your injuries if their dog caused them.
This changed fairly recently in 2009. Prior to then, Missouri was a “one bite” state, which generally allowed dog owners a single bite before they could be held legally liable for the injuries their dog caused.
Generally, to prove strict liability, you must show the following:
You did not provoke the dog in some way
You were lawfully on the dog owner’s property
The dog’s owner can also potentially face criminal charges. If the dog bites someone, and then does it again, and the injuries are serious, they can even be charged with a felony.
Missouri’s statute of limitations says you have 5 years from the date of your bite to bring your claim to court.
If you wait longer than that, your case will be tossed out.
Practically speaking, it makes no sense to wait any longer than you have to. The longer you wait, the more your medical bills pile up. And the more financial pressure and stress you have.
Waiting also gives the dog’s owner time to destroy evidence.
Plus, if your case must go to court, judges and juries believe dog bite victims who act fast.
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