What to Do If You’ve Been Bitten By a Dog

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What to Do If You’ve Been Bitten By a Dog

Dog bites are traumatic events, and ones that happen far too often then they should. Owner carelessness, badly-trained animals, and improper animal housing practices are top causes for dog bites, and these factors can be costly in terms of medical bills and time taken off work.

The legal landscape for dog bite cases is complicated. It can be difficult to prove an owner’s guilt, but it’s not impossible.

While it’s always best to immediately contact a dog bite lawyer, there are a few crucial things within your power if you’ve been bitten. As this is not an exhaustive guide, be sure to contact Moynahan Law today if you are reading this because you’ve been bitten by a dog.

Understand the Circumstances

The circumstances in which you’ve been bitten by another owner’s dog is paramount to building your case. Circumstances are important for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the following:

Was the Dog Leashed? – In many municipalities throughout the country, leash laws require all dogs to be leashed when out in public. If you’ve been bitten by a dog that was not on a leash, you can be almost certain you have a strong case.

Was there an Altercation? – If there was an altercation that caused you to get bitten by someone else’s dog, the circumstances of the altercation must be noted. If you were by chance antagonizing someone’s dog, that could work against you. Or, if you led the dog onto your property and were then bitten, you might be considered at fault for the incident.

But, if you were simply attacked by someone’s dog unprovoked, it’s important to understand the owner’s dog is most likely at fault. The owner assumes responsibility for all the actions of their pet, which means even if the animal was unprovoked you might have a strong case.

Does the Dog Have Rabies? – While rabies shots are nearly ubiquitous in the world of pet ownership, there are times when animals are not completely up to date on their vaccinations. Rabies causes animals to become more aggressive, and neglecting to get the proper vaccinations for pets is a form of negligence.

Proof

Documenting the results of a dog bite are just as important as a car crash or any other kind of injurious incident. Photo evidence of the wounds inflicted by a dog are crucial for building your case.

It’s also important to seek medical attention immediately. A failure to do so weakens your claims—always request a medical report from the attending physician!

Also make sure to call the police immediately following a bite. Police officers are trained to take in all the evidence available while drafting their reports, which can be used as evidence in court.

Gather Information

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, make sure to obtain the owner’s information as soon as you are able. This is to ensure that, in the case that the owner is not from the area, they can still be held liable for their negligence.

Also, take note of your surroundings and, as stated above, the circumstances. Photographic evidence of everything is never a bad idea.

Contact A Lawyer

In the end, many dog bite cases do go to court. Trying to navigate the court system yourself is not only stressful, but can lead to a failure to win the case.

If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, contact Moynahan Law today to ensure you have the best dog bite lawyer to help you claim the compensation that is rightfully yours.

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