Dog bite cases are not unlike other types of personal injury cases and can be just as complex. In terms of being able to recover damages after a dog bite attack, you need to treat the case the same as you would any other personal injury case. So, after you have been bitten by a dog, there are 3 very important things you must do to protect your health and preserve your claim for compensation.
#1 Identify the dog owner, or keeper––the person responsible for the dog at the time the incident took place
Often, people who are bitten by dogs are unable to identify the dog or who it belongs to. If you can’t describe the dog and don’t know who the owner is, then you don’t know who to seek compensation from if you decide to file a claim or lawsuit. Therefore, after a dog bite, you should remain as calm as possible and try to remember what the dog that bit you looked like. Then, if possible, find out who the dog belongs to and record their name and address. Also, find out if the dog has a history of biting people.
#2 Seek Medical Attention
Your first priority after being bitten by a dog should be to get treated for your injuries. Before calling an attorney, go see a doctor, or if necessary, call emergency medical personnel to the scene of the attack. Even if your injury seems minor, get it looked at by a professional. The bite may become infected and it may actually be much more serious than you think.
#3 Take Photographs
After you have sought medical attention, take photographs to document the extent of your injuries as soon as you can. In addition, take photos of the location where the dog bit you and write a description of how the incident took place while everything is still fresh in your mind.
#4 Contact An experienced Dog Bite Attorney
If you are the victim of a dog bite, you may hold responsible anyone who contributed to the circumstance that led to the attack, including:
- The owner
- The keeper
- The owner of the property on which the attack took place
However, each dog bite case is unique, so you should contact an attorney who can advise you of your rights and to let you know what damages can be recovered under the circumstances.
Dog bite law can be extremely complicated and only an experienced dog bite attorney can examine the facts of your case and advise you of the steps you need to take to be compensated.
Furthermore, dog bite injury claims often involve the dog owner and an insurance company that will attempt to reduce their liability by blaming you for the attack. An experienced lawyer can work with the insurance companies – and ultimately go to trial if necessary – to fight for the compensation you deserve.