Not Seeking Medical Care Will Hurt Your Claim
Many people feel apprehensive about seeking medical treatment following a dog bite injury. A dog bite is nothing to be ashamed of. Some of the worst injuries come from dog bites. Occassionally people injured in a dog bite incident feel shy about seeking medical treatment because they feel they should not have been injured by the dog. Young dogs, for example, have extremeley sharp teeth. Injuries caused by an aggressive, young dog can be severe, and the injured should not hesitate to treat wounds appropriately.
How Common Are Dog Bites?
The CDC estimates there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites each year. Of these, nearly 800,000 people require medical attention immediately. In 2015 alone, 34 dog bites resulted in fatality.
If you require medical attention, seek it right away. Insurance carriers will try to reject your claim for compensation if you wait too long. Also, regardless of how serious the bite looks, a dog's mouth is home to bacteria that may lead to infection. Sometimes, an infection from a dog bite can spread throughout your body without you knowing. The safe route is to seek medical treatment if the skin is broken.
Contact the Police or Animal Control
Also, you should contact local authorities. Animal control should be aware of the incident. This protects you, and it also protects your community. If nothing else, this shows you are a responsible citizen who is concerned about the safety of others. Animal control (often called in by the police) will have additional information that may be helpful.
Document Your Injuries
Failure to document injuries will hurt your claim. It is best to take photos immediately after the bite, as well as occasionally in the weeks and months following the dog bite. This will enable your lawyer to show the extent and long-term effects of the dog bite.
Don't Settle On Your Own
Attempting to settle your claim on your own is unlikely to result in you receiving the true value of your claim. Insurance adjusters tend to especially dislike dog bites, as they view them as somehow less severe or significant. Do not be pushed around by an insurance adjuster who tells you your injury does not merit compensation.
Speak With An Injury Attorney
Nobody expects to be bitten by a dog and then have to contact an attorney. However, failure to review your case with an attorney will ensure you receive less money from the dog owner's insurance company. Some of the worst injuries we have seen at The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C. are from dog bites. We know that a serious dog bite can result in life-long scarring, both mental and physical. Contact The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C., today for a free evaluation of your dog bite or animal bite case.