Dog Bite Injury
Personal Injury Lawyer
Everyone loves dogs! Dogs are a man’s best friends, women included. However, this does not mean that dogs are not capable of vicious acts. Every year there are hundreds of instances where someone, woman, man, child, or elder, has been attacked or bitten by a dog. There are several injury types that can stem from dog bites; this is why it is important to understand what needs to be done immediately following an attack from a dog, especially a bite.
There are legal steps that may need to be taken if the dog is not your own, however, no matter whose dog, seek medical attention as soon as possible if bitten. Certain steps include:
- Seeking medical attention. Like any other puncture wound, if you suffer a dog bite you are prone to infection. Be as careful as possible to not leave the wound open, but do be sure to take photos immediately so that a record of the damage is properly kept.
- If any one saw the incident occur, ask for their contact information so if you decide to take legal action you have as much proof as possible to prove your case and help you receive the compensation you are seeking.
- The owner of the dog, or whoever is responsible for the dog should provide you their information also. This helps when corroborating the dog’s vaccinations with your injuries and also keeping in touch regarding insurance.
- If a random stray dog attacked you, contact animal control immediately. When you file a report with animal control, they are able to pick the dog up and this will help with avoiding an attack on another person.
When building a case for a potential personal injury lawsuit it is best to document everything as it pertains to the dog bite. This means keeping all medical records and bills, writing down a log of the day, explaining what happened right before you were bit and shortly thereafter. Take photographs of your injury from day one, and throughout its healing process. Keep a journal how your injuries have affected your day-to-day life, and do such with as much detail as possible. The more documentation you have regarding your dog bite, the better for your case and possible compensation.
If you or someone you know has been attacked or bitten by a dog, be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney Dekalb County, GA trusts that will be able to gather the facts of your case and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into personal injury and dog bite claims.