Legal Tips on What to do in the Event of a Dog Bite.
Dogs are known to be man’s best friend but don’t be mistaken, they can turn on anyone and cause very serious injuries. Some of the impacts a dog attack may cause include physical injury, psychological impacts such as trauma, and the attacked person an also contract diseases such as rabies. Below are some legal steps you ought to take if you are a dog attack or bite victim.
Putting everything that happened during the attack from the beginning to the end during the dog attack is the most basic step you need to take down. If you might have had a verbal or physical exchange with the dog owner before and after the attack, ensure that you include it in your written record. In your write up ensure that you also include any state laws pertaining to dog bites and also the expenses you are likely to incur due to the dog bite.
You should also report the dog bite matter to the local enforcement as soon as possible. The police will write a report in the incident and this will aid in their investigation in determining if the dog has been involved in a different bite incident. After you have reported the matter, the police also seek to investigate if the owner has had the dog vaccinated well and up to date as this may greatly impact your case in court. One this is done, you need to seek medical attention immediately regardless of the bites being serious or minor.
Settling the dog bite claims out of the court of law with the dog owner is one of the best ways you can have a settlement for your dog attack claim. The dog owners insurance cover or the homeowner’s insurance cover can come in to compensate in you in place of the dog owner. Out of court settlement is both cheap in terms of costs and also takes a shorter period of time. Take your time and make an assessment of the deal the dog owner offers and this will see you get the best out of the claim.
If the dog owner fails to live up to the payment of the agreed amount or any issue arises, seek the services of a lawyer. Your lawyer informs the dog owner of your intentions to sue him or her based on the expenses you have incurred through a demand letter. The lawyer also drafts a quote on the amount you are demanding from the dog owner as compensation so as not to proceed with the case in the court of law. Proceed with the suite if the dog has been involved in another biting incident.