When an Animal Attacks…Every year, tens of thousands of people are injured in animal attacks. Although most victims are not seriously hurt, some are, and a number are even killed. The following information will answer some of the more frequently asked questions about such injuries.
What Should I Do? If you have been attacked by an animal, the first thing is to seek medical care for your injuries.
Almost as important is to get information about the animal and, if possible, its owner. If you have been attacked by a wild animal or an animal that you cannot identify, your doctor may insist that you get protective rabies shots, which can be a painful experience.
If you have been attacked by an animal that belongs to someone, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Make sure that you can identify, for example, the dog that attacked you. Also, get some basic information about the owner of the dog, such as his name, address, telephone number, and insurance information. Act much in the same way as you would after having a traffic accident with another driver.
Making a ClaimMaking a claim for injuries caused by an animal attack is usually a matter of contacting the insurance company of the animal's owner. Although the insurer will likely try to convince you that you do not need an attorney, don't listen to that bad advice. It is in the insurance company's best interest to talk you out of getting legal help, so be sure to consult with an attorney to protect your rights. You are ALWAYS entitled to talk to a lawyer and, in the end, you will recover more money, not less, with the help of a qualified attorney.
DON'T'SIf you are contacted by an insurance company after an animal attacks you, DON'T do any of the following:
- DON'T talk about or put any details of the attack in writing
- DON'T discuss payment for your injuries
- DON'T sign any release(s)
- DON'T permit yourself to be photographed or recorded
- DON'T discuss who is responsible for the attack
- DON'T DELAY! Call our office immediately
Dog bites are no small matter. No one understands that truth better than the 4.7 million victims who experience the trauma firsthand every year. Prompt and proper care is of primary concern.This is especially true in the case of facial injuries or when the victim is a child. So, what if the owner doesn't cooperate? Who is responsible for medical costs now and in the future?
The Worthington Law Group offers a FREE, no-pressure consultation for all dog bite attack cases. If we can help you in any way, do not hesitate to call for a consultation regarding your case.