It is unfortunate that sometimes dogs do attack neighbors, children, and passersby. Some dog bite attacks are the result of a poorly trained or aggressive dog, while others are more due to a lack of control of the animal by the owner. Whatever led to your dog bite injury, how you react to the attack could determine your ability to be compensated for your injuries.
Getting Medical Treatment
You will want to seek out medical treatment as soon as possible after a dog bite attack. You want to be certain that your injuries are treated appropriately and professionally. Even minor injuries can leave lasting scars or disfigurement if not treated promptly. Getting immediate medical attention is not just for your health, it will also strengthen your case if you decide to take the dog owner to court.
Talking with the Owner
You may decide to talk with the dog’s owner to determine if they will voluntarily pay for your injuries. They should at least compensate you for your medical bills relating to the dog bite attack. They should also pay for any property damages such as to clothing or glasses. You will also want to talk to the owner to find out if the dog was up to date on all of its shots. If it wasn’t, you will need to discuss with your doctor the possibility of preventative treatments.
Contact an Attorney
If the owner of the dog is not willing to voluntarily compensate you, or you do not want to deal with the owner directly, contact an attorney right away. An attorney can represent you in the matter and discuss the case with the dog’s owner. They can help you get compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack, contact our offices today for more information and a free consultation. We will be happy to look at your case and determine the best way to move forward.