What is the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a dog bite in Washington, D.C.?
The statute of limitations on a D.C. dog bite case is 3 years from the date of the injury. If you were bitten by a dog in Washington, D.C., it is important to get an attorney involved long before the statute of limitations runs out so that the attorney can do a proper investigation into your case. This investigation includes determining the identity of the dog owner, establishing negligence, determining whether there is liability insurance coverage in place and collecting your medical bills and records in order to determine the extent of your injuries. The next step after the initial investigation is to have a discussion with the client about an appropriate settlement value for a dog bite case and to submit a demand package to the insurance company.
Our firm has a policy that, with limited exception, we will not accept D.C. dog bite cases where there are fewer than three months remaining on the statute of limitations.