Thousands of dog bites occur every year for a multitude of reasons. If a dog has bitten you it is important to take the right steps to protect yourself and put you in the best position for financial compensation. If the animal is a stray or wild animal, there is not much you can do. However, if someone owns the animal get the owner’s name or identify the dog.
Second, make sure to seek medical attention if you need too. 1,000 Americans each year arrive in the emergency room for dog bites. They can be extremely serious or even fatal if not treated. Contact your doctor or seek help from another medical professional to see if your injuries are serious enough to require a trip to the hospital. If you need surgery or receive prescriptions for your injuries, make sure to mark down the costs. You can use these costs later to recoup the costs from the dog’s owner.
Most of the time, the dog owner will be insured. Do not be surprised if you get a call from the insurance company to talk about the claim. Ask for the name of the insurance company, the telephone number, claim number, name of the person, and the address of the insurance company’s office. Do not talk about money or a settlement. Also avoid setting up an appointment unless you already have legal representation.
To settle a claim, contact an attorney who specializes in dog bite cases. Their knowledge and experience will provide you with the best outcome and recover the maximum award possible for your injuries.
See our Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney page.