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After a dog bite, take action to seek compensation

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2022 | Dog Bite Injury |

No matter who you are, you deserve to be able to walk in your neighborhood without being at risk of being bitten. It’s unfair for people not to keep their dogs under control. If they allow them to go off-leash or the dogs are able to escape their fences, then they could pose a threat to others.

Serious dog bites can negatively impact your life for many months or years to come. Depending on the severity of the attack, you may need to go through surgery to debride and cleanse the area, stop the bleeding and repair the tissues.

Unfortunately, dog bites are often prone to infection, so there is a chance that you could be made ill by the spread of bacteria or viruses carried by the dog. You may have to take antibiotics or could need emergency treatments to help get those issues under control.

Who is responsible if you’re bitten by a dog?

Typically, it will be the dog owner who is responsible if you get bitten by a dog. They should be held responsible financially, because you would not have had the injuries you have now if not for their pet getting loose and attacking you.

Some people don’t like to hold others financially responsible because they don’t think they’ll get enough to make a lawsuit worth it. Remember that someone who has pets in the home may have renter’s insurance, homeowner’s insurance or other insurance on their pet that will cover injuries that happen on the property. Even if they do not have insurance, you shouldn’t be forced to cover your losses all on your own.

You should hold the owner responsible after a dog bite

If you’re bitten by a dog, try to keep that dog at the scene and identify the owner. Having the dog present can help identify if it is a carrier of any serious illnesses and if it has had its vaccinations. Once the owner is identified, you may be able to pursue fair compensation that will help you cover the medical treatment that you needed then and that you may need in the future.

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