What should I do after a dog bite?
First, you need to gather as much information as possible. Next, you should contact the authorities. Depending on where you live, you should contact animal control or the nonemergency number for your police department. Make sure that a report is filed on the animal and their owner. You should take pictures if you can, and then you should seek medical attention.
If a stray dog has bitten you, you must prove ownership to receive compensation. We can investigate the scene and use the description of the dog to help find the owner. However, without an owner, it’s unlikely that we can get you any compensation for your injuries.
If I report a dog bite, what will happen to the dog?
Many factors determine what will happen to the dog. Has the dog ever bit anyone else before? Is the breed of the dog considered dangerous? According to Georgia law, the owner needs to know that their dog will attack to be liable. So, we need to show that the owner knew their pet was aggressive. Non-aggressive dogs are allowed one bite. So, you can look at it as dogs having one chance. However, if the dog is a vicious breed, they don’t get that chance. Some vicious breeds are Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and wolf hybrids.
Who is liable for dog bites?
The dog’s owner is responsible. When you own an animal, you are responsible for the wellbeing of that dog. This can include training and safely leashing and housing the dog. Your pet must be behaved and controlled so that they don’t hurt anyone.
What kind of compensation can I get?
A dog bite is a type of personal injury claim. You can seek damages for injuries and costs associated with your dog bite. You can have long-term psychological effects from a traumatic dog bite, including PTSD. You could be eligible to receive compensation for any of these damages.
What if my friend’s dog bit me?
It doesn’t matter who owns the dog; the owner is still responsible. Whether it is a stranger or someone you know intimately, the owner is liable. It can be a more complicated situation when you see the owner because you are familiar with them. So, it might seem wrong to act like the dog bite is a big deal. However, filing a claim is completely normal with any dog bite injury. Don’t try to handle any of these matters privately, no matter how well you know the owner. We recommend hiring legal representation as soon as possible.
The owner wants to talk to me privately; what should I do?
Please don’t do it. If the owner is at the scene and wants to talk to you, keep it short. Don’t discuss your injuries or any other details. Some owner will try to give you hush money, but you shouldn’t take it. The only thing that you need from the dog’s owner is their insurance information.
If you have injuries because of a dog bite, contact our offices
We know that this can be stressful, uniquely if you can’t identify the owner of the dog. We’re here to help you with your case. Contact Bader-Scott Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.