Pursuing a Claim After a Dog Bite
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a dog bite, do not assume the blame. Read on to see how a claim can be pursued to help cover the damages sustained from a dog bite injury.
According to the American Humane Association, on average, an estimated 4.7 million dog bite incidents occur in the United States each year. Of that 4.7 million, 50% of dog attacks involve children under 12 years old.
The reason why young children are more susceptible to these injuries may simply be their age. Children might not interpret certain signs that mean a dog is happy or angry that an adult may understand more easily.
A significant number of dog bites involve the family dog or a dog that the victim is familiar with. These claims may be covered by an individual’s insurance, so even in these circumstances, victims should not hesitate to take legal action.
Dog bites can be severe enough to affect victims physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives.
If you have been involved in a dog bite incident, follow these important tips to help protect your rights.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Be sure that you can identify the dog involved in the attack.
- Get the name, address and telephone number of the dog’s owner.
- If possible, get insurance and dog license information from the dog’s owner.
- Get names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
- Take photos of all injuries sustained in the attack.
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Recovering compensation after an injury from a dog bite
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. Dog bites can cause serious injuries such as disfigurement and scarring. These attacks can also be emotionally traumatizing for an individual, especially a young child. At Berger and Green, our attorneys consider your present and future needs.
It is an individual’s responsibility to make sure their dog does not cause harm or injury to others. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation. Call 412-661-1400 today.