very day in America, nearly 1,000 people visit emergency rooms for dog bite injuries. Dog bites can cause serious, painful injuries and infections, and can have lasting consequences. Animal owners can be held liable for your injury if they were negligent in their duty to keep their animals restrained.
If a dog bit you, would you know what to do next?
The following are some of the first things you should do after a dog bite injury:
- Identify the owner of the dog and obtain their name and address
- Take the names and addresses of any witnesses
- Photograph your wounds
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible to obtain treatment
- File a report through your jurisdiction’s local animal control center
Finding the dog’s owner is of critical importance to your personal injury case. If you cannot find the owner, or if the dog was a stray, you may be required to undergo painful testing and treatment for rabies, and it may be difficult to determine liability. Without establishing a responsible party, you may not be able to collect the compensation you will need to pay for the costs of your medical care, lost income, pain and suffering, or possibly cosmetic surgery later on.
Filing a report through the agency that handles animal control in your area is also of top importance in strengthening your claim. While hospitals also make reports, do not rely on this alone; hospital reports are more concerned with documenting injury and disease statistics rather than holding negligent owners responsible for their pets. Animal control investigators can help your case by interviewing witnesses and other measures to prevent future accidents.
What to do if You Are Contacted by an Insurance Adjuster
If the pet owner is insured, you may get a call from a representative of their insurance company. If this happens, you should collect as much information as you can from them, including the company name, address, and contact information, the claim number, and the name of the person who is insured. Avoid discussing anything related to money or giving any kind of written or recorded statement.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Long Beach, CA
Before discussing anything related to who was at fault for the accident, contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer from Overett Group as soon as possible. We will examine your case, gather evidence, and help you prepare a claim that will increase your chances of a favorable outcome. Call our firm today to set up a free consultation: (562) 986-9864.