At Preszler Law, we work tirelessly to help our clients recover compensation for their injuries. This can happen via a negotiated settlement or a verdict at trial. Some of our most satisfying results, however, occur in dog bite cases.
The trauma from this is unique. Most victims never see it coming, which can lead to psychological anguish– long after the physical scars have healed. Furthermore, some injuries are so serious that they never heal completely.
In addition to the risk of permanent disability and disfigurement, these attacks can be fatal. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you could benefit from a consultation with our team of Vernon dog bite lawyers. As a personal injury law firm, we are ready to discuss your legal options.
Steps to take after a dog bite
The moments after an attack are often chaotic. If the dog’s owner is nearby, they could be frantically trying to control their animal. At the same time, injury victims are often in shock. Here are some basic guidelines to take following a dog attack:
First, assess where you’ve been bit. It’s probably in your best interest to see a doctor. Even if it seems minor, the risk of infection could become significant over time.
After you seek medical treatment, or if your injuries do not require immediate care, your next step is to contact law enforcement. It is important to file a police report and provide as much detail as possible. When finished, be sure to request your copy.
After this, do your best to preserve evidence. Take photographs of your injuries, find contact information for any witnesses, and write down your recollection of what happened.
Finally, contact a dog bit law firm. We could help you recover compensation for your injuries.
What happens to the dog after a bite?
Every case is different. Once called, animal control will immediately investigate to determine if the dog is still a threat. If they can locate it, they can seek a court order. This will declare that the dog is dangerous, and then have it put down. However, dog owners have legal rights and can contest this process in court.
What animal control does following a dog bite has no bearing on your civil case. You have the right to pursue this, and it does not automatically mean the animal will be put down.
Contact our team of Vernon dog bite lawyers
Following a dog bite, it is important to move forward with a claim quickly. Evidence from this is much harder to acquire compared to a car accident, so the more time your lawyer has to investigate, the better. Contact us today– we might be able to help you recover damages, and the peace of mind you need for a full recovery.