Dog Bite Lawyer
Most dogs are safe around adults and children, but some dogs are hazardous, and their owners know it. Their dogs are poorly cared for and sometimes even trained to be vicious.
If a dog has attacked you, their homeowners’ insurance may be liable. If a dog attacked you and the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous. In contrast, a guest or visitor on the owner’s property, the owner was responsible for warning you of the risks presented by the animal or for preventing it from causing harm.
Every day in America, dogs bite and injure people who did nothing more than come near the dog. If you or your child was injured from a dangerous dog bite, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Dog bites often cause serious physical problems for the rest of their victim’s lives. There are 300,000 dog bites per year in America that require treatment, and most victims are children.
- Deep punctures wounds
- Major scars on arms, legs, and face
- Emotional trauma
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
What to do after a Dog Bite?
While a dog is a lovable animal and an excellent pet to have around, it can sometimes become risky to have a man’s best friend. This is because dog bites are common and can happen to anybody, anytime, anywhere. From stray street dogs to an adorable puppy to your own trusted canine, there is no predicting when or why a dog may bite you. Dog bite injuries can become severe, and the way you act in the next few hours are crucial for your safety and health. It is also essential to take care of your rights and get adequate compensation if you are eligible.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
After dog bite injuries, the first thing to do is get a medical professional to check and treat your injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may have to visit the nearest hospital’s emergency room or get treated and dressed by your regular home physician. Never ignore a dog bite, even if it is just a scratch.
The wound may become infected, leading to further complications. While the doctor checks the injuries, records the proceedings, and takes pictures if possible. All these can be furnished as evidence later on in case you decide to file for compensation.
Identify the Dog or its Owner
Once you have taken care of your dog bite injuries and gathered evidence (medical reports, photographs of the damage, and so on), it’s time to identify the dog. Try to find out who the dog owner is, contact as many witnesses as you can, note down their contact details, and ask if they would be willing to act as witnesses. If the dog is a stray, contact your local animal control authorities and report the incident as soon as possible.
The authorities keep a tab on most street dogs, and they would be able to tell you if that particular dog has attacked others before. Also, note that if the owner is identifiable, always ask if the dog has undergone vaccination against rabies. In stray dogs, you may have to take the shots yourself, which is painful and expensive.
File a Report with your Local Authorities
Consistently report a dog bite to your local animal control department. This step is necessary as it legalizes your case, and the authorities can then act on your behalf. Reporting a dog bite also helps the animal control department update its database and provide the latest information to future victims about a particular dog.
Contact a Suitable Lawyer
You will need to contact a dog bite lawyer in case you are contemplating filing for compensation. If the owner has insurance, you are likely to get a call from an insurance company representative. However, it is advisable not to speak with the insurance agency without talking to your lawyer first. Never discuss any settlement or allow yourself to be recorded or accept any money as an unofficial settlement.