A Legal Guide on Dog Bites.
There is always the chance of dogs turning against man and causing serious injuries regardless of being the longest and closest domesticate animal man has had by his side. After a dog attacks, it leaves one with bite marks, trauma, and an attacked person can easily contract rabies. In the event a dog attacks and bites you, here is a guide on the legal steps you need to take.
Immediately after a dog attack, make sure that you put down everything that took place during the attack from the beginning to the end on paper. If you might have had a verbal or physical exchange with the dog owner before and after the attack, ensure that you include it in your written record. In your write up ensure that you also include any state laws pertaining to dog bites and also the expenses you are likely to incur due to the dog bite.
You should also report the dog bite matter to the local enforcement as soon as possible. Once you have reported the matter to the police, they will prepare a report and launch an investigation into the incident so as to determine what happened and if the dog has been involved in another similar scenario. After you have reported the matter, the police also seek to investigate if the owner has had the dog vaccinated well and up to date as this may greatly impact your case in court. One this is done, you need to seek medical attention immediately regardless of the bites being serious or minor.
One of the ways you can settle the dog bite claim is out of the court of law is among the best ways of getting compensation for the claim. You can also have the owner’s insurance company or his or her own owner’s insurance cover compensate you for the claim. Out of court settlement is both cheap in terms of costs and also takes a shorter period of time. It would be wise that you take your time and assess the settlement claim you are about to make so as to get the best possible deal out of it.
If the dog owner fails to live up to the payment of the agreed amount or any issue arises, seek the services of a lawyer. Your lawyer informs the dog owner of your intentions to sue him or her based on the expenses you have incurred through a demand letter. Within the demand letter is a quote which your lawyer demands as payment for you with regard to the injuries caused to you in case the sued party fails to settle the amount. If your case is not the first on the dog has been involved in, it is advisable that you push forward with the case.