Dog bite injuries can leave lasting emotional and physical scars. Victims can experience acute stress following an injury, or they may be left with disfigurements. No matter your exact situation, working with a knowledgeable dog bite attorney is essential to securing the compensation you deserve. Lafferty Gallagher & Scott prioritize your satisfaction as we guide you through the injury claims process. Below, we cover a few of the most important steps that a person should take after being bitten by someone’s dog. If you need legal advice specific to your case, call our firm for a consultation.
Dog bites can be severe. The victim can be left with emotional trauma from the attack on top of infections and other complications. Immediately after the attack, your priority should be to seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity. Not only is this critical to keeping yourself healthy, but it is also important to your claim. The sooner you see a doctor, the stronger your claim will be.
Once you have received the medical treatment that you require, you should file an incident report to the local health district in the area where the attack happened. Like many other states, Ohio requires anyone bitten by an animal to file an incident report within 24 hours of the event. The dog may be taken into custody by the health department, and they will perform an investigation to determine if the dog was vicious, dangerous or a nuisance. Their findings can help reveal whether the dog owner violated any ordinances.
Unless a person was trespassing on the owner’s property or provoked the dog, the dog’s owner is liable for your injuries. In most cases, the owner will pay for the damages through their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
The compensation that you receive depends greatly on the exact circumstances of your case. For instance, many victims can recover compensation for not only medical expenses related to treatment or plastic surgery for disfigurement but also emotional suffering. Ongoing pain and lost earnings may also be factored into the settlement.
Unfortunately, many dog bite victims accept a settlement before they fully realize how extensive their injuries actually are. An attorney can help you circumvent this mistake by providing all of the facts in your case. We can review your case and identify ways to bolster your claim. As a result, it is possible to recover the compensation that you deserve rather than settle for less.
After a dog attack, you may be left feeling uncertain about how to proceed. Know that you are entitled to compensation for the suffering you’ve endured. Working with a dog bite attorney makes it possible to pursue the compensation that you deserve and hold the responsible individual accountable for your injuries. Contact Lafferty Gallagher & Scott today to speak to our talented team about your injury case.
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