Common Mistakes in Dog Bite Cases
There are so many people who own dogs, and while a dog is considered man's best friend, that does not mean a stranger's dog is going to be your best friend.
The unfortunate truth is, many people suffer from very serious Dog Bite Injuries, especially children and postal workers.
Not everyone who owns a dog has trained them properly, or watches them throughout the day.
Many people who become the victim of a dog attach do not even realize they can file a civil action claim to recover compensation for the injuries they sustained.
Because people are unaware of their legal rights, they often make serious mistakes when it comes to handling their injury.
In order to protect your legal rights, it's important to avoid these common mistakes if you were bitten or attacked by someone else's dog.
#1 Not Seeking Medical Attention
The number one mistake people make after getting bitten by a dog is not seeking immediate medical attention for their injury.
Some people do not seek treatment because at first, they do not think the injury is that bad. Even when a dog bite injury looks relatively minor, it's still important to be seen by a medical professional.
A dog's saliva contains bacteria, which means if the injury is not cleaned properly, infection can occur and spread through other parts of the body.
Seeing a medical professional will ensure you get the treatment you need to heal as quickly as possible, and create important documentation which may be needed if a claim is filed for compensation.
#2 Failure to Report the Bite
All dog bites, no matter how minor, should be reported to local law enforcement or animal control.
Some people are so scared after a dog bit that they forget to notify the authorities of the accident. Other times the dog owner will ask that they not report the incident and make promises to pay for any medical expenses that come up.
Failure to alert the authorities will mean the incident is not documented, and therefore the owner can always deny that it ever happened.
If the accident is documented, they will not be able to deny it, and liability can be placed when establishing a claim for compensation.
Failing to alert the authorities could mean you lose your only chance at obtaining compensation for the injuries that you suffered.
#3 Not Photographing the Injury
Words alone are not always enough to communicate the severity of an injury.
Having photographs of the injury right after it happened, and throughout the healing process help prove your need for treatment and compensation if you decide to file a claim.
If your case goes to trial, it could be months after the accident occurred, which means the injury is not going to look the same as it did when it first happened.
Having pictures to show to the judge or jury will allow them to fully understand the severity of the injury and the pain and suffering that you went through.
#4 Giving a Statement to the Insurance Company
While many people may not think twice before giving a statement to the insurance company, it can have a detrimental affect on your claim.
Insurance adjusters are skilled at obtaining information to try and use against you.
While you may think you're just giving a true and detailed account of what happened, they can find a way to twist your words so they don't have to give you the settlement amount that you deserve.
Insurance companies are in the business to make money, which means paying you as little as possible will be their top priority. You should never provide a recorded statement to the insurance company without first seeking legal help.
#5 Not Consulting an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney
Many dog bit victims will attempt to settle their claim on without legal help. This is probably the biggest mistake one can make after being attacked by a dog.
With the complexities of the laws, and the insurance companies who will be working against you, most victims do not receive the settlement they deserve, and that's if they even receive one at all.
Without an experienced attorney on your side, it's all too easy for the insurance company to pressure you into accepting a low settlement amount.
When you are attacked by someone else's dog, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries that you suffered. Do not put your claim in jeopardy by trying to handle it on your own.
Contact Our Dog Bite Injury Attorneys at The Roth Firm
If you were involved in a dog bite accident, the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at The Roth Firm can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
Our lawyers are experts when it comes to representing the victims of someone else's negligence, and that includes dog bite accident victims.
Do not make the mistakes listed above after being bitten by a dog. Let an experienced attorney represent you so you can get the financial support that you are owed.
Our attorneys provide accident victims with a free consultation. This allows us the chance to listen to the details of your case so we can tell you how to best assist with the recovery of your losses.
If you were injured in a Dog Attack, and you wish to be compensated for your injuries, click the link below to schedule a free consultation with our Personal Injury Attorneys in either Georgia or Tennessee.