What To Do After A Dog Attack?
Just about everyone loves a cute little puppy, they are after all man’s best friend. However, what happens when man’s best friend becomes a hostile and you are next on his list?
It can be a very traumatic event for anyone. If you have been through a dog bite in the Redding, Anderson, Cottonwood, or Shasta Lake areas you are probably still trying to deal with it. Dog bites are so much more than the physical pain, there is mental anguish that takes a long time to heal.
Once you have been bitten by a dog, you are left with a lot of question and have very few answers. You are not sure what steps you should take and what to do. One of the first questions many will ask themselves is if their insurance is going to cover this accident. Secondly, is the owner liable for the actions of their dog?
We have compiled the answers to most of the common questions associated with dog bites in this area.
First, you will want to browse through our Dealing with Insurance Companies Walkthrough If the dog’s owner has homeowner’s insurance, the bite will likely be covered by that policy. Try to find that information out as soon as possible after the bite.
IN the state of California, we have the “Dog Bite Statue”, which simply states that the owner will be held responsible for the dog’s actions in the event of an attack. While this may seem like a clear cut law there are issues with determining liability. We have a staff of dog bite attorneys on hand to help you with all of the complexities of this law.
Keep Written and Photographic Evidence. One of the first things you will want to do is document the attack with photographs as soon as possible. Always attempt to get medical attention as your health is your primary concern. What happens if you have no camera? Or the medical clinic turns you away because someone else is at fault for the injuries you sustained? Our competent staff of dog bite attorneys will not only document your injuries but find the proper medical staff that will help you.
Make Medical Attention Your Top Priority. Medical attention is essential if you have been bitten by a strange dog. If the wound is not severe and you are sure the dog is not infected with rabies you can hold off a short time if needed. However, keep in mind that even a small, non-threatening bite can lead to severe infections and other life-threatening illnesses.
Talk to the neighbors in the area and find out if this has been a problem dog. If neighbors are unsure or not around, make a call to the local animal shelter. Don’t feel up to the leg work? We can be your eyes and ears on the street and do all the work while you take time to recover.
You probably never realized that being bitten by a dog could be so much work for you! However, having an experienced accident attorney by your side can make life a lot less complicated and bleak.