Owning a dog can be a delightful experience. After all, dogs are man's best friend, and having a dog is akin to having an additional member of the family. That being said, it takes a certain level of responsibility to properly train a dog, and sometimes, dog owners may fail to exercise this level of responsibility, causing their canine companions to bite and injure other people.
Even friendly dogs can be unpredictable if they get scared, stressed or provoked. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year. Nearly 20% of those victims require medical attention.
If you get bitten by a dog, you are at high risk for contracting diseases from a dog such as rabies, tetanus, and other types of bacterial diseases.
What can you do if you are attacked by a neighbor's dog?
There are three types of dog-related liability laws:
1. Dog-bite statutes
2. One-bite rules
3. Negligence laws
Check state laws to see which statutes are in place.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY A DOG OWNED BY SOMEONE ELSE, OUR TEAM OF EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS WILL HELP YOU GET THE BEST POSSIBLE SETTLEMENT FOR YOUR CASE.
What should you do if you have been bitten by a dog:
1. Go to a safe place away from the dog that has bitten you to prevent further attack and injury and do not retaliate.
2. Seek medical attention, especially if a small child has been bitten by a dog.
3. Always watch for signs and symptoms of infection (pain, redness, warmth, swelling, and drainage of pus or fluid) before AND after seeking medical care, even if there are not large areas of damaged skin.
4. Gather information from the dog's owner, the dog's immunization status, but if this is not possible, hospital, animal control centers, or law enforcement personnel will help gather any required information.
5. Report the dog bite to hospital, animal control centers, and/ or law enforcement.
6. Take the names and phone numbers of any witnesses and immediately right an incident report and keep a copy.
Dog bites can cause significant damage beneath the skin, a type of injury that cannot always easily be seen. Injuries may involve structures deep beneath the skin including muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels and permanent injuries and disfigurement can result. Because of the high risk for adverse results from a dog bite, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Although medical staff will not immediately know the extent of long-term injuries, there can be significant nerve damage that can affect you for the rest of your life.
Seeking legal advice is always a wise and prudent thing to do whenever a person has been injured. Sometimes what seems to be a small and insignificant dog bite can cause lifelong disabilities.
Compensation for your injury could include costs for:
- Medical treatment related to the attack
- Income lost due to missed work
- Property that was destroyed or damaged (eyeglasses, clothing, etc.)
- Any lasting disability or scar
- Emotional suffering
Call us today to speak to an experienced attorney that will be able to get you the compensation you need.