Securing Damages For Dog Bite Injuries
Pets are common in Florida and throughout the world. And it makes sense, animals can be wonderful companions for kids, teens, working adults, and the elderly. They bring joy to many lives. But of course, the animal needs to be trained. If a dog misbehaves and bites someone, doctor appointments or hospital visits may be necessary in order for the bite victim to heal properly. 1 in 5 dog bite sufferers, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will require medical care.
Medical attention can lead to high expenses. If you need damage recovery to settle your medical expenses connected to an animal attack, talk to an experienced Delray Beach personal injury attorney.
Animal Injuries and What to Do Next
There are an array of harm that can be done when a person is bit by a dog or other animal. You may suffer from punctures, nerve damage, fractures, abrasions, infections, and scars. And while it is rare, rabies transmission is also possible. Transmitted through saliva, rabies can lead to complications and fatalities.
Steps to take following an animal bite:
- Get contact information of animal owner and others who witnessed the bite
- Seek medical care and follow all treatment advice
- File a report with the police
- Gather witness accounts of the injurious event
- Document your injuries and evidence with photos or videos
- Connect with a legal professional
When thinking about what you should take pictures of, know that it is better to have too many images rather than too few. Photograph your injuries, any torn clothing, broken fences where the animal escaped from, and anything else that you feel is proof you were injured by the animal.
If you do not have all of the documentation you need, a compensation package may still be in your future. Florida personal injury attorneys are able to help you walk through what you need and how to obtain that documentation. Then, the financial recovery process for doctor bills, physical therapy bills, and lost wages can begin.
Dogs and Other Pets of Friends and Neighbors
Sometimes the situation is complicated because of the relationships between the humans involved in the event. For example, if you were bit by the dog of a friend or neighbor, you may be nervous about how filing a claim will impact their finances. But compensation will likely be paid through insurance claims, not through direct payments. To understand what options are available, talk through your unique situation with a Delray Beach personal injury attorney.
Did your bite injury lead to ongoing suffering and loss of work? Connect with the qualified attorneys at Earnhart Law. With legal professionals on your side, you can focus on healing while skilled lawyers fight for a full and fair compensation package. Our attorneys have been protecting the rights of personal injury clients for over 30 years. With a skilled lawyer working to strengthen your claim and negotiate for a maximum damage recovery amount, the compensation you deserve is in reach. Call our office at 561-265-2220 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.