Dog Bite Lawyer
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Dog Bite Lawyer

If you have been bitten by a dog, or if your dog has bitten someone, it can be a good idea to contact a specialized dog bite lawyer. A so called personal injury lawyer is ideally the best person to call when looking for a dog bite lawyer, since personal injury lawyers handle litigations involving physical injury to your person.

Most dogs never bite a human throughout their entire life, but unfortunately there are also dogs that do bite humans and cause serious injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, United States, almost 5 million persons are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. A majority of the victims are children. Homeowner insurance companies in the United States currently pay over 345 million USD for dog bite losses each year.

If you have been bitten by a dog, you should contact a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more you decrease your chances of having your expenses covered by an insurance company or by the owner of the dog. A dog bite might not seem serious at first, but unfortunately dog bites easily develop serious infections that can cost you a lot of money in medical bills and loss of income. In severe cases, dog bites can also lead to emotional problems and permanent disfigurement.

Different countries and states have different laws and regulations regarding dog bites and an experienced dog bite lawyer will be able to advise you regarding the best course of action. If the dog owner has insurance, the dog bite lawyer will speak on your behalf when it comes to claims against the insurance company. If the dog owner is not insured, or insufficiently insured, the dog bite lawyer will assess whether or not the dog owner may be personally liable for your damages.

As mentioned above, it is a good idea to contact a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after a dog bite incident. In some parts of the world, you will have a very small time frame within which you have to start your claim. In the United States, state statutes of limitations can for instance require you to start your claim within 60 days.

Before you meet your dog bite lawyer, there are several things that you can do to improve your chances of receiving monetary compensation.

  • Seek immediate medical attention. If you do not seek medical attention, the insurance company may suggest that you made the injury worse by not immediately seeking adequate care. It is easier for the dog bite lawyer to aid you if you sought out medical attention directly after the attack.
  • Have your injuries documented in writing by a professional health care provider. Dog bite documentation should also consist of good photographs.
  • Continue to take good photographs of your injuries at regular intervals. This is important, since your dog bite lawyer can use the photos to show how severe the injury was and how it healed or did not heal properly.
  • Try to identify the dog that bit you. Do you know the address where the accident took place? Did the dog look like a stray dog or do you think it belonged to someone?  Perhaps you already know who owns the dog? The longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to correctly remember exactly where the attack to place, recognize the dog owner etcetera.
  • Did anyone see the actual attack? Was anyone there prior or immediately after the attack? Witnesses can prove invaluable. Try to give your dog bite lawyer as many names and telephone numbers as possible

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