What to do after sustaining a dog bite injury?
Have you, a family member, or a friend been bitten by a vicious or non-vicious dog? Chances are that you are entitled to financial compensation for personal injuries and other forms of damages. Oftentimes, personal injury cases involving dog attacks or dog bite injuries are complex and require the skills and experiences of attorneys to hold negligent parties responsible. From the location of the attack to the circumstances of the attack to the ownership of the dog, there are various factors that determine who can be held liable for the dog bite injury. This processes also include finding out whose insurance policies are applicable to pay for the medical expenses and other damages.
What Should You do After Sustaining a Dog Bite Injury?
The first step that individuals can take after being attacked by a dog is to calm their nerves and seek appropriate medical attention without delay. After receiving confirmation that you will be treated by a medical professional (where help is on the way), complete the following the steps to collect and preserve the evidence of the dog attack:
- Avoid making personal agreements with the pet owner
- Avoid signing any documents without first consulting with an experienced dog bite lawyer
- Report the dog attack to the store manager or landlord if the incident occurred at a retail establishment or on rented property
- Collect details of the dog owner, e.g., name and insurance policy information
- Collect names and contact information of witnesses
- Take photographs of your personal injuries and the location of the attack
- Report the dog and attack to local animal control professionals
In some cases, individuals may not be able to take the above-mentioned steps. By contacting Team Law, our legal team will resolve any obstacles that are in the way. Our attorneys will also collect and preserve the evidence necessary to prove our clients’ cases and seek fair compensation for them.
When are You Entitled to Financial Compensation?
While there are many types of circumstances that allow individuals to seek financial compensation, below are some common scenarios to keep in mind:
- A dog managed to escape a leash and break through a fence. On its way out, it knocked you or a loved one over or may even attack your pet while also injuring you.
- The manager or a landlord of a rental property has knowledge of the dog’s history of attacks. They, however, did not take the necessary measures to prevent future attacks. In this case, they can be held liable.
- The dog bites you or a loved one or caused injuries without biting.
Since different state laws govern who is liable for the dog’s conduct, it is important to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the different rules.
How Team Law Can Help
At Team Law, we understand dog bite injuries can be a traumatic experience for everyone, especially young children. That is why our team of accomplished dog bite attorneys are committed to helping our clients obtain the justice they deserve. By working with us, our clients can establish strong legal cases that not only protect their rights, but allow them to pursue maximum, yet fair compensation. Simply put, clients can focus on recovering from their injuries while Team Law handles all the legal aspects of their personal injury cases.