When an animal attack occurs, it is typically very sudden. This can be a frightening experience and result in brutal personal injuries for the victim. Children are most commonly involved in animal attacks. While there are incidents in which the animal was provoked, attacks during regular interaction without provoking the animal exceed these cases. Animal attacks can result in physical injury as well as disease, as the animal may carry a disease such as rabies.
The most common personal injuries sustained from an animal attack are:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and abrasions
- A severed major artery
When to Contact a Lawyer
By default, dog owners are completely responsible for the actions of their dogs. Homeowners will most likely pay compensation out of their insurance following a personal injury claim. If the owner of the dog does not have insurance, or if the attack involved a wild animal, compensation from your own insurance policy will be necessary.
Your personal injury lawyer will assist you in facilitating these processes, ensure that your claim is filed timely with the accurate paperwork, will advocate for you if the owner refuses to settle or if your insurance company denies your compensation on a technicality. When you contact a personal injury lawyer, they will determine where your compensation will come from, ensure that your documents are in the correct order and that you receive the correct amount of compensation if you are depending on your own insurance. Additionally, they will ensure that a settlement offer is sensible once a lawsuit has commenced, and if necessary, will represent you in court.
What Steps Should I Take Following an Animal or Dog Bite?
After sustaining a personal injury as a result of an animal or dog bite, either for an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, the following steps should be taken as soon as possible:
- Acquire medical attention immediately and ensure your injuries and treatment are documented. Vaccinations and anti-rabies shots should be included in this.
- Call the police and report the animal attack. Be sure you receive your report.
- Document the animal attack in further detail, which includes discovering witnesses, determining the identity of the animal’s owner, and taking photos of the location.
- File a claim as soon as possible if you have insurance covering loss of income as a result of an accident.
- Document the impact the attack has had on your life. Record any pain and suffering you have experienced due to your personal injuries, despite how minor it is, in addition to any impairment to your everyday routine from work to recreation.
Contact Grover Law Firm
Have you or someone you love sustained a personal injury as a result of an animal attack? Grover Law Firm can help you. Our skilled and experienced lawyers can assist you or your loved ones in navigating the legal landscape, establish where to go for compensation and support you in attaining the justice you deserve. Contact Grover Law Firm for a free consultation.