Most dogs are friendly and love humans. However, not all dogs are the same and some of them can turn on and attack people. When that happens, you will need to act to ensure that your damages are covered. Read on to find out what a dog bite attorney can do for you after you get hurt.
Who Is Responsible?
While it's possible to be bit by a stray dog, many dog bites occur when someone encounters a dog in someone's home, on a walk, or in other public spaces. Dog bites can leave the victims with medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and the loss of personal items. Even minor bites can call for stitches and antibiotic treatment.
The owner of the dog is responsible for damages in most cases. Regardless of where the bite occurred, the owner may have homeowners' or renters' insurance that will cover your damages. However, not all policies cover dog bites, and many people are not insured.
Sue the Owner
If no insurance is available, you can still take action against the owner of the dog. Assemble the below forms of evidence and speak to a personal injury lawyer right away:
- Get the owner's information. You will need to get their name, address, and phone number.
- Find out if they have any type of homeowners' or rental insurance.
- Note the location of the incident.
- Take photos of the dog, if possible.
- Take photos of your wounds.
- Seek medical treatment and keep records of the treatment and any money spent.
- Note any time you missed from work.
What to Expect
Your lawyer will do some investigating to learn more about the dog and the owner. In some cases, the dog has already bit someone else. That can strengthen the case against the owner. Your personal injury lawyer will investigate the owner's financial and insurance situation as well. If you end up suing the owner, the money to pay for your damages can come from the owner's savings or their wages can be garnished.
Being bit by a dog can cause some people to feel anxiety about going out. They may fear another dog attack. You could be entitled to mental health counseling for any trauma you experienced because of the dog bite.
It's also important to find out what the future holds for your wounds. You may need additional surgeries if the bite is extensive. Skin grafts and plastic surgery could be needed. Add future medical needs to your damages list so you can be paid for them.
Speak to a personal injury lawyer to find out more.