The Schatten Law Firm provides award winning, legal representation for clients that have been injured by dog bites. To achieve the best results, a client injured in a dog bite attack needs to hire a strong trial lawyer that is ready to take your case to a jury trial. Those steps will encourage an insurance company to settle for a high dollar value. At the Schatten Law Firm, we have built a strong track record with personal injury cases.
A dog bite attack can cause serious harm for the victim. The victims of dog bite attacks often are children. Dog bite attacks can cause permanent scarring, permanent injuries and emotional trauma. Dog owners are often held responsible for injuries caused by their pet, meaning that they may be held liable for pain and suffering, permanent scarring, disfigurement and impairment, medical bills and other financial losses resulting from a dog bite trauma.
Victims of dog bite attacks often have to treat with emergency and treating doctors, physical therapists, plastic surgeons, psychologists and psychiatrists. Victims may sustain serious emotional trauma including unnatural anxiety and fear of animals and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million people each year are bitten by dogs. Tragically, nearly half are children. Nearly, 77% of the injuries to small children are to their heads and faces. The cost of dog bite attacks is nearly $ 2 billion.
There can be special procedures required in cases where a child is bitten a dog including obtaining approval of the settlement by a Colorado probate judge. Pet owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their dogs.
Critical Steps to Take After a Dog Bite Attack
Seek immediate medical attention. Even if it seems the dog bite is not a serious injury, left untreated it could lead to rabies or serious infection, even worse case amputation.
Determine who owns the animal. If possible, try to find out what kind of animal and whose animal caused the attack. Rabies shots can be incredibly painful so try to find out as much information as to the owner of the animal to determine whether the animal had the needed vaccinations. Identifying the owner of the animal will also be important in helping to identify the available insurance policies for the case.
File a Report with Animal Control. Dog bites should be reported to Animal Control. Animal Control will work with the family and victim’s doctors in investigating and reporting whether the animal had rabbies or other diseases.
Preserve the evidence. Take photos of the scene, the victim’s clothes and if safe and possible the attacking dog, any hole in the fence, etc. Secure the name, telephone number and address of witnesses. Preserve the clothes you were wearing on the day of the attack including any blood, dirt, stains, etc.
Retain a lawyer. Don’t speak with the insurance adjuster. Though they may come across as nice and helpful, insurance adjusters are truly not your friends. When it comes to personal injury claims, they are often in the business of delay, deny and defend. They can use any statement that you make against you. So, generally, it is wise not to speak with the insurance adjuster. It is best to retain a lawyer to represent you.
Please call the Schatten Law Firm if we can assist you with your case.