Dog bites are unfortunately quite common injuries: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur per year nationally. If you are injured as a result of a dog bite, follow these tips from Kauffman and Associates.
1. Document Injuries – You should always photograph any injuries you receive from being bitten. This way, you will have precise evidence of what your injuries looked like soon after they occur, rather than once they have had time to heal. This is important for two reasons: it serves as proof of your injuries and evidence that compensation is necessary.
2. Seek medical attention – It can be scary and costly to seek medical attention, however, if you fail to do so after receiving a dog bite, your injuries may worsen due to infection. Additionally, this may be used against you—it may be argued that you are at fault for the scope of your injury if you do not seek medical attention and suffer from an infection as a result.
3. Report the incident – You may be reluctant to report an incident—the dog’s owner may ask you not to and promise to reimburse you for any medical bills. However, this is not legally binding. Instead, make a report to the proper authorities so there is an official record of the incident that can be used as evidence.
4. Speak with a lawyer – Avoid giving statements to insurance companies alone. Instead, reach out to Kauffman and Associates for skilled legal support every step of the way.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, please contact Kauffman and Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too big or small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement possible for your pain and suffering.