Dog Bite Accident Lawyers
While dogs can be wonderful companions and loving members of any family, some furry friends can have aggressive tendencies and are known to bite. Many of these dogs, unfortunately, lash out because they have not received proper care or love. If a dog suffers from abuse, stress, neglect, or negative stimulation, they are more likely to act out. This is not always the fault of any particular breed of dog. All dogs need a positive and nurturing environment to be the loyal furry friends we know and love.
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If you are a victim, it is important to know what to do when a dog bites.
1. Identify the dog and its owner.
Immediately take note of who owns the dog that attacked you. Record their names and addresses as well as information from witnesses. If you are unable to distinguish the owner, you may have to endure a series of rabies shots which are both painful and expensive.
2. Seek immediate medical attention.
If the dog bite is serious, immediately call 911. Even if the dog bite injury is minor, you should still have a companion take you to the hospital. It is important to always seek some sort of medical care after a dog bite, as the risk of infection is too immense to disregard.
3. Photograph your injuries.
A picture is worth a thousand words. In the event you want to go forward with a dog bite lawsuit, it is a good idea to document all of your injuries including cuts, bruises, as well as the torn and bloody clothing from the dog attack.
4. File a dog bite report.
After you have sought medical attention, you should file a dog bite report with the proper city or county authorities. By doing so, this legally documents the incident and may help to determine if the dog will be classified as a “dangerous animal” that may require precautions so as to protect others from an attack from the same dog. A paper trail may be key to determining dog bite liability.
5. Contact an attorney.
The legal issues surrounding a dog attack are complex and confusing. An animal attack lawyer would have the knowledge to navigate you through this difficult process and discover who is liable.
When it comes to a dog bite lawsuit, what seems to be an open and shut case may be more complicated. There are many factors that must be looked at in determining liability for a dog bite case, such as:
- Was the dog provoked?
- Was the dog bite victim a trespasser?
- Has the dog exhibited prior aggressive behavior that should have put the dog owner on notice of the vicious nature of their dog?
- Did the dog bite a person without any justification and cause serious injury?
As such, it is important to speak to a personal injury lawyer like Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman to determine if you have a case and can sue for damages, such as, the cost of medical care, including future scar reduction, psychological therapy (if needed), and medication; loss of wages for time spent recovering from the injury; and the cost of damaged property as a result of the dog attack.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite, contact Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman, experienced Utica dog bite accident lawyers, for a free consultation today.
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