What Happens if a Dog Bites Someone?
Dogs provide security, companionship, and unconditional love. However when a dog rages out of control, dog bite injuries can be serious, permanent and even deadly. There are specific facts and conditions that need to be shown to hold a dog owner liable and you need a Fort Worth dog bite lawyer that knows and understands Texas dog bite laws and what to do after a dog bite.
Traumatic Dog Bite Injury
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite injury, it can be very confusing and definitely scary. Life changes drastically. You may be out of work while hospital and doctor bills fill your mailbox. You wonder how you are going to pay them. You are in pain and unable to play with your kids, complete your chores around the house, or go out with friends. There are both physical and psychological scars after a dog bite attack. Some of the most common injuries associated with animal attacks are as follows:
- Facial Scarring and disfigurement
- Nerve damage – paralysis and in severe cases spinal cord injury and paraplegia
- Eye injuries – K9 trauma sustained to the eye
- Severe infections including rabies, pasteurella and hepatitis
- Amputation of the limbs fingers and nose
- Brain injury due to trauma sustained to the head
- Broken bones and knee ligament injuries from falling down due to an attack
- Emotional trauma – individual victims frequently experience bouts of sustained port traumatic stress (PTSD), depression, and anxiety
Compensation After an Animal Attack
When these things happen to you through no fault of your own, you may be overwhelmed by worry and a sense that life just isn’t fair. Victims of serious injuries inflicted by the negligent or intentional acts of others are entitled to full and just financial recovery. But in order to ensure a dog bite victim receives the maximum compensation, steps should be taken immediately after a dog bite injury to deal with a dog bite as quickly and safely as possible.
What to Do After A Dog Bite:
- Seek medical attention immediately for the injuries and to ensure no rabies shots are needed
- Get the name and contact information of the dog owner(s)
- If the bite occurred at a residence or business, get the address and name of the property owners
- Report your injury to the police and animal control and request a copy of the report
- Take photographs of your injuries, of the dog and the location where the injury happened
- Do not accept any settlement or admit fault with the owner’s insurance company
- Save any clothing damaged by the dog
- Contact an attorney you can trust
If you or a loved one have been injured from a dog bite or animal attack, Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney Aaron A. Herbert will explain what to do after a dog bite attack, fight to protect your legal rights, and seek the compensation you deserve. No fees or expenses unless we win your case, call 24/7 (855) 655-HURT or (210) 435-7968 for a free consultation.