What You Need to Know About Dog Bite Injury Claims
It is the responsibility of every dog owner to prevent their pets from injuring people and damaging their property. Dog bites can be painful and can leave you with permanent scars and mobility impairment. If you have been injured by someone else’s dog, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, time wages, and pain and suffering.
Here’s what you should do if you’ve been bitten or injured by a dog:
- Get the names and contact information of the dog’s owner. If the owner has insurance, get that information, too.
- If anyone saw what happened, get their names and contact information. You might need witnesses later to back up your claim.
- If you can, take pictures of the dog, your immediate injuries and anything that might help your case (a hole in a fence that allowed the dog to escape, an open gate, etc.).
- If you need medical attention, get it quickly. Just keep good records of visits to the doctor or hospital along with copies of the bills.
- Report the incident to your local animal control authorities. This is especially important if you don’t know who owns the dog or if it wasn’t wearing a tag. You should check records at the animal control department to see whether the dog has attacked someone before. That can help you negotiate with the owner (or the insurance adjuster)— or win a case in court if it goes that far.
If you have been bitten by a dog, contact John Mobley Law Firm today. Your dog bite injury attorney will fight to get you the most compensation possible to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Your first consultation is free, and you don’t pay us until we win your settlement.