Your Rights After A Dog Bite
Dog bites are a serious public health issue. Approximately 1,000 Americans receive treatment for dog bites every day. A dog bite can cause broken bones, cuts and bruises, disfigurement, scarring, permanent injury and even death. Expensive medical treatment is often necessary after a dog bite, and it is common for victims to suffer from serious emotional distress.
Regardless of the breed, if you have suffered from a dog bite, the dog’s owner may be responsible for your losses. You have the right to damages, including compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages (depending on the severity of the bite). However, you may need to prove that the incident was one that the owner could have prevented.
Proving a dog bite case can be complicated, and the stakes are high. You need Bloom Legal on your side to make sure that you know your legal rights and that you receive the best possible compensation for your injuries. The New Orleans dog bite lawyers at Bloom Legal can help you gather the evidence you need to prove that the dog owner was negligent and that the owner’s actions or inaction caused your injuries.
Steps To Take After a Dog Bite
If you or someone you know is bitten by a dog, it is very important to make sure the dog is identified. If the dog is a stray, you may require treatment for rabies, which can be a painful procedure and is best left to your physician to determine. If the dog is not a stray, it is important to locate the owner so you can accurately determine if the dog has been vaccinated. In addition, you will know who should be held accountable for your medical bills.
After identifying the dog, it is crucial to seek prompt medical attention to avoid any potential medical complications. Below are additional steps you should take after you experience a dog bite:
- Identify and obtain contact information from any witnesses (it may be necessary to return to the scene of the attack and knock on neighbor's doors)
- Obtain contact and insurance information from the dog's owner
- Take pictures of and document any and all injuries, cuts, or bruises that result from the attack
- Immediately contact an attorney
It is also very important to never sign anything after a dog bite unless you have spoken with an attorney. It is possible that the dog owner’s insurance company is responsible for paying your bills and costs. This may lead the dog owner to ask you to sign a settlement agreement for less money than you deserve. An experienced dog bite lawyer at Bloom Legal will fight for your rights and help you hold all parties accountable.
Getting Legal Help After a Dog Bite
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog call Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 or use the contact us form at the top left of this page to discuss how to get started. Together we will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
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