DOG BITE CLAIMS

What you need to know.

DOG BITE CLAIMS

What you need to know.

DOG BITE CLAIMS

What you need to know.

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Dog knock-downs and dog bites happen every day. Sometimes the kindest dog accidentally knocks a person over, or an overly aggressive dog bites someone. Dogs, with previously good behavior, will sometimes bite a relative. Aggressive dogs get loose from their owners grasp and knock down people walking in the park. Leashes get tangled, instructions shouted by the owner ignored, and public codes disobeyed. All of these instances can result in dog bite claims and the right to compensation for damages.

Dog knock down and/or dog bite claims require appropriate handling. It can sometimes be confusing to determine who the dog owner is and whether there is a viable claim. Dog bites often occur when the injured person was at work. Or when the bitten person’s own dog was somehow involved. Consulting with an attorney will help you sort through these issues.

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In the event of a dog bite, get immediate medical attention. Dog bites can develop into injuries where bacterial infection results in amputation, surgery and permanent injury. Children are often victims of dog bites, and the resulting emotional trauma and physical scarring can affect them for years. Plastic surgery is not uncommon.

Jackson Jones is well versed in handling dog bite and dog knock down claims. You may contact us about your case – the consultation is free.

WHAT'S NEXT

STEP

1

Seek immediate attention after a dog bite. If you didn’t go to the doctor right away, go now. Dog bites can seem minor in some circumstances. However, what seems to be something small can develop into an infected wound that causes loss of limb. Sadly, we’ve litigated just such a case. If your doctor prescribes medicine, take it. If your doctor diagnoses infection, then get to an infectious disease expert as soon as possible.

STEP

2

If you were on the job, then report the bite or knock down to your employer and open a workers’ compensation claim. Know that just because you were injured on the job, does not necessarily mean that you don’t have a viable third party claim against the dog owner (in addition to the workers’ compensation claim). The workers’ compensation coverage will pay for your treatment costs.

STEP

3

At the scene, do your best to determine who the dog owner is, and write that person’s name, or take a photo with your cell phone of their identification. If the event happens at a public place, and animal control does not prepare a report, it can be difficult to determine who owns the dog.

STEP

4

Take photos of the injury; ask for help from a family member if necessary. Take photos during all stages of the healing process. It is often necessary to take photos of the scaring too.

STEP 1

Seek immediate attention after a dog bite. If you didn’t go to the doctor right away, go now. Dog bites can seem minor in some circumstances. However, what seems to be something small can develop into an infected wound that causes loss of limb. Sadly, we’ve litigated just such a case. If your doctor prescribes medicine, take it. If your doctor diagnoses infection, then get to an infectious disease expert as soon as possible.

STEP 2

If you were on the job, then report the bite or knock down to your employer and open a workers’ compensation claim. Know that just because you were injured on the job, does not necessarily mean that you don’t have a viable third party claim against the dog owner (in addition to the workers’ compensation claim). The workers’ compensation coverage will pay for your treatment costs.

STEP 3

At the scene, do your best to determine who the dog owner is, and write that person’s name, or take a photo with your cell phone of their identification. If the event happens at a public place, and animal control does not prepare a report, it can be difficult to determine who owns the dog.

STEP 4

Take photos of the injury; ask for help from a family member if necessary. Take photos during all stages of the healing process. It is often necessary to take photos of the scaring too.

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