Hi! My name is Sam, and I started this blog to help other injured people. Before you start reading, let me tell you a little about myself. Ten years ago, I slipped on a slice of fruit in a grocery store. My leg slid out from under me, and in a freak twist, it was rendered useless. I could no longer work and struggled with intense pain every day. Luckily, I found an accident and injury attorney who was able to get me the compensation I needed to cover my medical bills and my lost time at work. However, while I waited for the settlement to come through, I had to get creative physically and financially. This blog is dedicated to anyone who is in that limbo position. I hope the posts here help you decide what to do while you wait for the results of your trial.
Being bitten by a dog may be an accident, but the dog's owner will be responsible for the injury you sustained. That's why it's important to follow these 5 steps to make sure you receive compensation for your injury and that the dog's owner is held responsible.
Get Contact Information From The Dog's Owner
Finding out who the dog's owner is will be very important since they will be responsible for paying your medical bills. Make sure to get their phone number and address so you can get in contact with them later, and if possible, snap a photo of their driver's license so that you have proof of their identity.
Get Contact Information of Witnesses
If there is anyone that witnessed the incident when you were bitten by the dog, you should write down their contact info as well. You'll need them as proof that the incident happened if the dog's owner were do deny that their dog was responsible.
Having witnesses is also helpful when you do not know the dog's owner and they try to flee without fessing up to who they are. You may need to get a description of the dog and the owner for a police report, and a witness can help with that.
Get Medical Attention
Even if you think your injuries are insignificant, it is important to get the dog bite looked at by a doctor immediately. You don't know how serious the dog bite is, and a doctor will be able to properly assess the damage that was caused to you. They will also document the accident so that there is no reason to doubt that you were bitten by a dog.
You should request a copy of your medical report, and get itemized receipts for charges related to your treatment. These documents are crucial for your legal claim against the dog's owner.
File A Police Report
Once your medical needs are taken care of, head down to your local police station to file an official police report. They will follow up with the owner of the dog, and verify that the dog has received vaccinations. The dog may be quarantined to make sure it does not have rabies or another illness that can be contracted by humans.
Work With A Lawyer
Filing a lawsuit against the dog's owner can be difficult, which is why you need a personal injury lawyer to walk you through the process. Their expertise will help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve once everything is settled.Share
20 October 2015