Dogs are like family for many people in our country because they are loyal, kind, and loving. However, dogs can be violent sometimes like any other animal. Violent dogs are a threat to other individuals and animals. Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatic experience and you might sustain severe mental and physical injuries. Hundreds of dog bite cases are reported every year in California alone.
Most people are not aware that dog bites have legal consequences for the owners and victims are eligible for compensation. If you are injured from a dog bite, you can file a dog bite claim and are eligible for compensation.
Important Steps For Filing A Dog Bite Injury Claim
Determining The Parties Liable
In most cases, the owner of the dog is held liable for the dog bite injury. The dog’s owner has a duty of care to the injured party and should properly secure the dog or take necessary precautions to keep the dog away from harming others. If the owner failed to do so, he/she can be held responsible for the injury you sustained.
Submitting The Necessary Documents
You need to seek immediate medical treatment after you have been attacked by a dog. Seeking medical care is very important in filing the personal injury claim because the medical professionals will prepare an official record of the injuries you sustained from the dog bite and this medical report can be used as evidence during your lawsuit.
You should keep a record of all the expenses related to the dog bite injury, including medical expenses, transportation expenses, etc. If you have permanently damaged a body part and needed home alterations to facilitate your movement in your house, those costs can also be compensated.
Make sure to take pictures of your injury before you seek professional treatment. Also, take the pictures and videos of anything relevant at the scene of the dog bite. Take the picture of the dog to document whether the dog was leashed or free.
Hire a Dog Bite Attorney
It is best to hire a dog bite lawyer first before you talk with the insurance company of the dog owner. The insurance provider can confuse you and twist your statements, which will negatively affect your injury claim. If you have a lawyer, he/she can talk with the insurance provider or will prepare you to talk with the insurance company. A lawyer can also negotiate with the insurance company for compensation.