Dog bite incidents can be extremely painful and dangerous because of infection and/or disease that can be transmitted through the animal’s saliva. Unfortunately, many dog bite incidents are completely unprovoked; from painful wounds and bruising to infection from a variety of diseases, such as rabies, the victim is left with medical bills and oftentimes scarring and even disfigurement as a result of the dog-bite attack.
In order to protect your legal rights after being bitten by a dog, you must:
- Write down the names, addresses, and contact information for any witnesses to the attack, the dog’s owner, and the people who were watching the dog when the incident occurred.
- Take pictures of all visible wounds resulting from the attack.
- Document the dog bite by visiting your medical professional and informing the doctor that a dog bite is the cause of the injury in question.
- Report the incident to local authorities as soon as possible, and fully cooperate with any law enforcement personnel that come to investigate the incident.
One of the hardest parts about filing a personal injury claim for a dog bite is identifying the dog’s owner and the animal responsible for causing the injury. The dog owner is responsible for providing you with compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering brought about by the attack. An experienced, qualified personal injury lawyer will ensure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
Lastly, if possible, obtain the following information from the owner of the dog:
- Owner’s name
- Address and telephone number
- Name of insurance company
- Name of dog
Provide all of this information to your litigation attorney, who will guide you through the confusing and complex world of personal injury law.
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