TheNational Directory of Dog Bite Attorneys,the original online directory for dog bite attorneys, is operated by Los Angeles dog bite expert witness, Richard Polsky, Ph.D. The website provides a directory of attorneys in the United States who litigate cases involving personal injury to people caused by dogs.
Estimates indicate that annually, approximately 4.5 millon people are bitten by dogs in the United States. Moreover, dog bite injury inflicted to a child can result in serious psychological truma. For example, 50% of children who sustain severe dog bite injury suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Moreover, the physical consequences of a dog bite injury are often serious and occasionally fatal. Insurance companies pay millions of dollars in claims annually to dog bite victims in the United States. Approximately 3% of all dog bite victims require hospitalization. The financial implication of these statistics are obviously significant, and they impact both the dog bite attorney and dog bite victim.
Consequently, people who are injured as a result of the negligence of a dog owner may need the services of a dog bite attorney to acquire a complete understanding of their legal options as a result of being attacked and seriously injured by an unprovoked dog bite attack.
The National Directory of Dog Bite Attorneys is organized by state. Attorneys can be readily found through the website search function, through the website Directory or through the links in the footer on each website page. Attorneys interested in the expert witness services of Dr. Polsky should visit www.dogexpert.com.
Question and Answer
How can the attorney make a listing in the Directory?
The registration form asks for basic information necessary for the posting of your listing in the Directory. Preferably, the website of the attorney’s law firm law firm should be provided, a photograph can be uploaded, and contact information such as email, telephone, and social media sharing would be desirable.
There are two kinds of listings: Basic and Enhanced. Examples of each kind of listing can be found here. The cost for the basic listing is $39.00 anually. An Enhanced listing costs $59.00 annually.
What are the advantages of an Enhanced listing vs. Basic listing?
First, an Enhanced listing allows the attorney to add additional informationabout his/her law firm such as a 200 word description, a photograph, and posting to the blog of this website. Second, when a dog bite victim submits the victim feedback form, those attorneys with Enhanced listings in the state where the victim resides will be notified. Attorneys will be sent information about the incident and the kind of injuries the victim sustained, as well as other relevant information. Note, this information will be sent to the attorney only if the victim consents to having this done, however. Third, attorneys with Enhanced listings will be placed at the top or near the top of the page in the state where they are located. Finally, for both Enhanced and Basic listings, one major benefit is that they will be acquiring a valued one-way link to their website from this website. In addition, attorneys with Enhanced listings will receive a second complementary one-way link from Dr. Polsky’s main website. Currently these kinds of links – i.e. one-way links – from a websites containing relevant or similar content, are of paramount importance for high search engine ranking. In itself, the cost of registration is worth the price of acquiring these highly valued one way-links.
How will the website benefit the dog bite victim?
The directory provides a convenient way for a dog bite victim to find a dog bite attorney.
Often victims do not know where to turn for legal help or have difficulty finding attorneys specializing in dog bite law. Hence, the National Directory of Dog Bite Attorneys, the oldest of its kind on the internet, should help in this regard.
Dr. Polsky will provide feedback to the dog bite victim using his expertise in animal behavior.
The dog bite victim frequently seeks answers to questions that have more to do with animal behavior than dog bite law. Dog bite victims want to know, for example, why the incident happened, if certain breeds such as pit bulls, Rottweilers or German shepherds are dangerous by nature, or if they were at fault because they were told that their actions provoked the dog. The victim may have found the dog owner’s insurance company difficult to deal with, or their claim may have been lowballed or denied altogether. Moreover, dog bite victims are often want to know if the incident was foreseeable given the circumstances surrounding the incident, the past history of the dog, or if the careless handling of the dog by the owner was a factor in causing the dog to attack them.
Dr. Polsky will use his experience as an animal behavior expert witness to answer questions like these. Dog bite victims will not be charged for this feedback. Upon consent, Dr. Polsky will send the information the dog bite victim provides to attorneys listed in the directory. These steps make this website a valuable resource for dog bite victims, their families and the attorney.
How will dog bite victims find this website?
Keyword search on the internet.
When the Directory was first launched, dog bite victims found their way to the site in this manner through keyword search, and many probably arrived by way of dogexpert.com (popularity ranking of this website is approximately 550,000 overall in the USA, and the site is currently receiving (as of September 2013) approximately 4000 unique visitors monthly.
What is the current status of the directory?
The directory is currently in the rebuilding stage after having recently changed (October, 2013) its operating policy from free listings to paid listings.
Basic listings are now being accepted at the discounted price of $39.00 for a limited time. The cost is $59.00 for an Enhanced listing. Attorneys will be listed in the order their listing is received. Those attorneys who list first will have their their listing placed at the top of their respective state, or in the case of a Basic listing, immediately below all Enhanced listings for their state.
How can dog bite victims use this website?
Consult the directory to find a dog bite attorney in your location.
Attorneys listed in this directory are assumed to be licensed and currently allowed to practice law in their respective state. Further, all are assumed to be competent in dog bite law, and how the law in their state may be applied to personal injury caused by dogs. Hence, if you are a victim who has sustained serious dog bite injury, contact an attorney in the directory nearest you!
Tell Dr. Polsky about your incident.
Dr. Polsky would like to learn what happened to you and the circumstances surrounding your incident. He in turn will provide feedback to you at no cost from his perspective and experience as a animal behavior dog bite expert.
What you need to do to receive this free service is as follows: Simply, complete and submit the victim feedback form.
The victim feedback form provides information about how your incident happened, the kind of dog involved, and the extent of your injuries. Once this information is received, upon your consent, Dr. Polsky will forward information about your incident to the attorney(s) in the Directory closest to you. Otherwise, the information you send will remain strictly confidential. It will not be used for any other purpose. Your email address will not be distributed or sold. The attorney who receives this information may contact you to discuss the incident further, and he/she will provide you with feedback about your legal options.
Moreover, Dr. Polsky is well-qualified to provide you with expert opinion from his perspective: he has worked with attorneys as an animal behavior expert on dog bite cases on numerous occasions. Dr. Polsky cannot provide legal advice, but he can tell you if your state has strict liability for dog bites or uses common law theory (i.e. the so-called one free bite) and how these laws might apply to your situation based on the fact pattern of your case.