Many people have read stories about animal attacks or even personally experienced (or known someone who has been involved in) an animal attack. These incidents can be life changingg, leaving a person with severe scaring, terrible deformities, disabilities, disfigurement and even fatal injuries. When an animal attacks, the victim is often lucky to survive — and if they do, they may have some complex legal questions to consider.
Dog bites are one of the more common animal attacks that occur, but even livestock or cattle that have escaped can prompt injuries to innocent people.
For the purposes of this post, though, let’s stick to dog bites. When another person’s dog attacks you, there are a few steps that you need to take. First and foremost, get the medical help you need. If you can, get the owner’s information — but the first priority is medical care.
This will often include a medical procedure for rabies, especially if you don’t know if the dog has been vaccinated (and in all likelihood you would not know that). This is a costly procedure, and the finances could be recouped later if the owner is found to be negligent.
Speaking of which, once you have been treated, you need to consider the legal circumstances of the dog bite. Were you on the owner’s property? Did he or she already know that their dog was dangerous or had attacked before? Was the dog loose or off the owner’s property? Were the owners in violation of leash laws? The answers to these questions will dictate how your case proceeds.
Last but not least, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer if you think you have a case. Nelson & Rozier have the ability to help animal attack victims and dog bite victims deal with the aftermath of their traumatic experience.