Dog Bites and Lawsuits

Posted by on Jul 4, 2019 in Questions and Answers | 0 comments

Victims of severe dog attacks often suffer acute damage, which may require upwards of $250,000 in specialized medical care treatment. Reconstructive surgery, such as skin grafts, tissue expansion and scar reduction, often requires multiple procedures over a period of years.

Steps to take after a dog bite:

  1. Identify the dog and its owner
    Immediately identify the owner of the dog or the person who had custody of the dog when it attacked you. Obtain the names and addresses and request proof of rabies vaccination. If this information cannot be obtained, you may be forced to undergo a series of rabies shots, which are expensive (exceeds $3,000).
  2. Seek medical care
    Depending upon the severity of the dog bite, contact first responders (9-1-1) for immediate medical attention or have someone drive you to emergency care. Always seek professional medical treatment after being bitten or attacked by a dog. The risk of infection from a dog bite is very great.
  3. File a dog bite report
    After you’ve been medically treated — even if the injury was minor —file a dog bite report with the proper city or county authorities. This legally documents your case and provides help to the next victim who may be bitten or attacked by the same dog. Without a paper trail, authorities cannot enforce the law effectively.
  4. Gather more information
    After identifying the dog and its owner, find out more about the dog. Obtain the dog license information and any records pertaining to its history. Has the dog bitten or attacked a person or animal prior to biting you? Has the dog been legally designated “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” by authorities?
  5. Photograph your injuries
    Take photos of your injuries, even if you need to unwrap gauze. It is also recommended that you photograph all of your wounds, including bruises, as well as all torn, bloody clothing and the location of the dog attack.
  6. Contact an attorney
    Contact a dog bite attorney right away. The legal issues surrounding dog bites are always complex. Your dog bite lawyer (or personal injury lawyer) is the only person who will look after your best interests.
  7. Begin a journal
    If you seek medical compensation for your injury, start a journal as soon as you can. Spend a little time each day recording your thoughts for the few first weeks after the attack. Anticipate keeping this journal on a daily basis over the course of time.
  8. Call Attorney Linda Fessler at 213-446-6766 for a free consultation.

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