Every dog owner has a responsibility to ensure their pets don't present a threat to other people. Unfortunately, some owners neglect this duty and serious, potentially life-changing injuries can result. In these instances, personal injury law gives victims the right to collect compensation for their damages, including payment for non-economic losses such as emotional trauma and pain and suffering.
However, your actions in the aftermath of a dog injury can have a major impact on your case. If you've been attacked by a dog, be sure to take these three steps:
- Seek Medical Attention: Even if your injuries don't seem serious, see a doctor as soon as possible. Most personal injury cases depend on having a detailed accounting of your injuries. Waiting too long to seek medical attention may give the insurance company an opportunity to dispute liability.
- Identify the Dog: If your injuries are not too serious, try to identify what kind of dog bit you. In some jurisdictions, the authorities will want to test the animal for rabies and other infectious diseases. Your injury claim will also depend on locating the negligent owner.
- Hire a Personal Injury Attorney: Personal injury law is complex and requires the experience of a skilled lawyer. Your injury attorney will advocate for your interests, negotiate with the insurance company, and collect the evidence necessary to support your claims. In most cases, an injury lawyer can help you get the maximum award possible, even when the insurer initially refuses to make a fair settlement offer.
With over 22 years of experience, the Law Office of Thomas L. Brayton III in Waterbury, CT, understands how serious the aftermath of dog attacks can be. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else's pet, visit the firm’s website to find out how they can help. Call (203) 591-8689 to schedule a consultation and follow them on Twitter for more personal injury insights.