You’re entitled to file for compensation after a dog bite injury. However, there are some common mistakes people make after they have been bitten.
Millions of people suffer dog bites each year. In fact, according to the CDC, dog bites occur about every 75 seconds in the U.S. The World Atlas estimates that over 50 million households in the U.S own dogs. This means you can become the victim of a dog bite when walking through an unfamiliar neighborhood or while working as a postal worker delivering mail.
Whatever the situation, you’re entitled to file for compensation after a dog bite. However, there are some common mistakes people make after they have been bitten. If a dog has bitten you, it’s essential to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to learn more about your legal options.
Delaying Medical Treatment
Dog bites require immediate medical attention to prevent further complications, whether they’re major or minor. Even if you suspect a dog doesn’t have rabies, its saliva may have harmful bacteria that could lead to severe infections. You’re also less likely to receive compensation if the injury isn’t documented immediately by a doctor.
Therefore, go to the doctor to confirm the severity of the injury or get the wound cleaned up. This way, you’ll get the medical papers required to file a case and receive extra medical care if need be.
Failure to Report the Injury
Another common mistake people make after a dog bite is not reporting the incident. Failing to report a dog bite to the relevant authorities can ruin your chances of getting fair compensation. Not to mention the dog gets away with it and will likely strike again.
Instead, call the local police and report the case, and if possible, contact animal control because they know how to handle dangerous animals better. You are much more likely to win a dog bite case if you report the incident to relevant authorities as soon as possible.
Not Obtaining Enough Evidence
After a dog bite, your next steps may not be immediately clear due to shock. However, after calling the police and the medical team, your next step should be collecting any form of evidence that can support your claim. The evidence could be pictures of your injury or witnesses who can corroborate your story. You can also take pictures of your treatment and healing process.
The worst thing you can do after a dog bite is to represent yourself when filing a claim. Insurance firms use intimidation tactics or give you a lowball offer as compensation.
As a dog bite victim, you have a greater chance of winning if you have an attorney by your side. An attorney will help you gather evidence and negotiate with the insurance company. They will also help you avoid mistakes that could jeopardize your case.
Winning a Dog Bite Case
If you or a loved one has been bitten or injured by a dog, don’t hesitate to contact the law firm of Apicella and Schlesinger today. We offer free initial consultations and are ready to help you collect evidence and build a compelling injury claim.