Every year in the United States there are millions of people who are attacked and bitten by a domesticated dog. In 2016 there were over 4.7 million of these types of attacks. A total of more than 800,000 Americans sought some form of emergency medical help after a dog bit them. Unfortunately, 400,000 of those victims were young children. If you have been bitten by a dog, or someone else in your family was attacked by a dog, you may seek reasonable compensation from the dog’s owner, and or through their home owner’s insurance company. You will need to consult with an attorney who specializes in dog bite litigation to get the process started.
These days even a small injury can turn into a pile of medical bills that could have you on the ropes of life for many years to come. You need money from those responsible to cover these hefty medical expenses. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, moving forward, is to find a good dog bite lawyer. This is because a lawyer who specializes in these types of injury and loss cases connected with dog bites has all the necessary experience and developed-skills to get you a judgement in court or an even earlier settlement outside the use of the courts. Please do not make the mistake of accepting any kind of compensation directly from the dog’s owner. This is the worst thing you can do.
Once you have obtained an attorney to help you get the settlement money you need, rely upon him or her to build your case. They will know exactly what aspects of the case need to be shored up with evidence and witness testimony, such as finding out specifics about the history of the particular dog in question. If it is found out that other bites or attacks have happened with the dog in the past, that would be something that quickly helps your lawyer win a big enough settlement to satisfy your pain, loss, and severe inconvenience caused by a bite injury. Most dog bite attorneys recommend that you do the following actions immediately after experiencing a dog attack:
* Get statements from any eyewitnesses to the attack
* Get pictures and video of any and all injuries from the attack
* Track your expenses that cost you money after the bite
* Track any lost work time and any lost wages from the attack