DOG BITE ATTORNEYS: What Should You Do After A Dog Bite?
The Law Offices of Haskell & Dyer
A Sunday walk in Charles, a picnic in Anne Arundel, or maybe a quiet evening stroll in St. Mary’s are familiar settings for many residents of Maryland. But what happens when an idyllic afternoon turns frightening because of an unexpected dog attack?
Despite our love for these four-legged companions, it’s essential to understand the gravity of a dog bite incident. Beyond the initial pain and shock, victims often face medical bills, rehabilitation, and the emotional strain of trauma. For those unfamiliar with the subsequent steps, here’s a comprehensive guide to navigating the aftermath of a dog bite.
1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Consulting a medical professional is paramount, whether it’s a minor scratch or a severe wound. Ignoring this can lead to infections or complications.
Example: Jane from Calvert once brushed off a minor dog bite, only to develop an infection that resulted in weeks of treatment.
2. Report the Incident
Always inform local law enforcement or animal control about the bite. This ensures there’s a record and can help prevent future incidents.
Example: In Prince George’s County, a specific aggressive dog had multiple reports filed against it. Due to consistent victim reporting, the local authorities could finally take preventive action.
3. Gather Evidence
If you can, photograph your injuries, the location of the incident, and, if possible, the dog itself. Documenting witness contact information can be invaluable.
Example: Paul, a resident of Charles, was saved from hefty medical bills because he had taken clear photos of his injuries and the scene and had contact details of two witnesses who testified on his behalf.
4. Keep a Record of Medical Treatment
From initial doctor visits to therapy sessions, a comprehensive record will significantly aid in claiming compensation.
Example: Maria from Anne Arundel diligently noted all her doctor’s visits, medications, and therapy sessions. This meticulous record was pivotal in securing fair compensation for her ordeal.
5. Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
Dog bite laws can be intricate. At Haskell & Dyer, we’ve assisted countless victims in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and Prince George’s Counties in understanding their rights and pursuing rightful compensation.
Example: Tom from St. Mary’s, unaware of the complex liability issues around dog bites, initially tried to settle matters informally with the dog’s owner. Unfortunately, he was offered a meager sum. Once he consulted with us, he understood the full scope of his rights and eventually received compensation that reflected his suffering and expenses.
While we all cherish the joys of pet ownership and companionship, it’s critical to acknowledge the implications of a dog bite. With the proper knowledge and legal backing, victims can recover physically, emotionally, and financially.