There are nearly 5 million dog bite victims per year, and nearly 50% of those victims are children. When children think they are playing with a dog, they might be tampering with a defensive and scared animal that is ready to attack. If a stray dog or neighborhood pet snaps, it can be a traumatic and frightening event. Hire an experienced dog bite attorney to handle your potential case.
The following steps should be followed immediately after an attack: 1. Try to identify the dog. If it is a stray dog or strange to your neighborhood, the victim may need rabies treatment. If the owner is known, it is unlikely this will be necessary. 2. Seek immediate medical attention. 3. Gather information about the dog and its owner; collect insurance information. 4. Take photos of the attack. 5. Interview any witnesses for details. 6. Choose an attorney that knows how to handle dog-bite cases. Choosing an attorney who is knowledgeable about dog-bite cases can mean a more thorough recovery of financial losses for the victim.
If the owner of the dog is known, an attorney can help determine whether or not there is a personal injury claim against the owner. Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible, so having proper representation is pivotal to enforcing a victim’s legal rights.If the dog owner is not insured or under-insured, or acted to intentionally cause injury, a lawyer will be absolutely critical. From medical bills to emotional damages, a dog bite or personal injury lawyer can help determine eligibility for a claim. Acting quickly after an attack is also important as statutes of limitations apply.
When you need an attorney to represent you with your legal matters, contact the Law Offices of Michael Kuldiner, P.C. in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call at (215) 942-2100 or contact us by submitting the form at top right.