Were you seriously bitten by a dog and have questions? Check out these 4 dog bite tips, then contact our Stillwater attorneys to get started.
1. Dog Bite Injuries
The first thing you have to do is seek medical treatment. It’s important. You need to go to a health care professional. The next thing, which the health care professional will want to know, is the identify the dog. You need to make sure the dog has had its vaccinations and it doesn’t have any serious problems like rabies that could cause you problems.Once you find out the owner, you need to determine who they are and where they live. Then you have to hire an attorney. These are serious cases. They can cause disfigurement. They can cause serious injuries. There are some dogs out there that are pretty deadly. They can cause tremendous injuries.
Hire a lawyer to investigate. Let them talk to these owners. Let them research about this dog. Has this dog done this to other people? Has he bitten friends or family before? Is this dog a menace? If the owners knew it was a menace, then they’re even more responsible.
This is a case where you have to make a claim against the homeowner’s insurance, so you need to determine who the homeowner insurance is and send them notice immediately. Do not wait to notify the owners. Do not wait to find out who the dog is. Do not wait to get medical treatment if you’re bitten by a dog.
2. Common Mistakes to Avoid
The most common mistake people make when they’re bitten by a dog is that they don’t hire an attorney soon enough. Normally, dog bites are pretty serious. Always go to the doctor quickly. Most dog bites are going to give you back problem or knee problems; most of them are flesh wounds. They need to be stitched up. They need to be given antibiotics to make sure there’s no infection. Not hiring a lawyer is a mistake. They think they can settle it on their own. They don’t want to cause a problem. They might think maybe they provoked it because they didn’t ask the owner if they could pet their dog or whatever. Hire an attorney. Let him deal with the causation: why it happened, who is responsible.
3. Choosing the Best Attorney
You need to find an attorney who has experience with dog bites. You need to find an attorney who understands your situation and can get you to the medical care specialists you need. More likely than not you suffered facial wounds, and you need to find someone who can tell you how important plastic surgery is. You need to find an attorney who will handle the case, not turn it off to a young associate. Most of all, you need to find an attorney that you like, that you feel comfortable with, and that you think will be a champion for your cause.
4. Questions To Ask The Dog Owner
If you are bitten by a dog, even if it’s just a minor bit, but it breaks the flesh, you need to ask the dog owner, “Is your dog current on his vaccinations?” If they says yes, tell them, “Who is the veterinarian who did it, so I can check that.” You don’t want to take anyone’s word on this because if the dog bite goes too long undetected, and there weren’t really vaccines there, or they’ve expired, it could cause you a lot of serious health problems.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured and have questions about these 4 dog bite tips? Contact a Stillwater dog bite attorney at Murray Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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