Most of us either own a dog or know someone who owns a dog. In fact, roughly 70% of all Americans have a pet, and a large portion of that percentage is made up of dogs. Fortunately, most dogs are loyal, fun-loving animals who give us a great deal of joy. That said, some dogs who’ve been abused, poorly trained, or simply have personality issues can turn out to be violent and will attack other pets or humans–often unprovoked. If you were attacked by a dog, our Pasco County dog bite lawyer is here to help you get the compensation you need. Contact Wendy Doyle-Palumbo today.
Dog attacks are frightening, often even traumatic events. Understandably, most dog attack victims are shaken up by the incident and feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. Our Pasco County, Florida injury lawyer is here to help you through each step of the legal process ahead.
Dog attacks can happen in various ways, and the extent to which a person is injured can depend largely on who they are. For example, an elderly person may sustain a serious injury, such as a broken hip, even if a dog simply jumps on them and knocks them over. That said, just some of the most common injuries we see come from dog attacks are as follows:
If you’re attacked by a dog, the first thing you’ll need to do is call the police. They can send emergency medical services to the scene of the accident and get a hold of the dog, if need be. It’s paramount you get treated at once to ensure you don’t get rabies or other infections. You should also hire an attorney who can help you collect additional information concerning the dog, including vet records and whether the dog has a history of violence.
If you can, you should also try and obtain the contact information of anyone who witnessed the incident, including that of the dog owner. Take pictures of your injuries and ensure you keep copies of all medical documentation associated with your injuries once you are treated in a hospital.
To win a personal injury claim regarding a dog attack, you will need to prove that you were attacked either while on public property or while lawfully on private property, such as visiting a friend or relative’s house. You should understand, however, that if the dog owner can prove that you provoked the attack in some way, such as by teasing the dog or trespassing on the dog owner’s property, you may not have a valid claim.
Our legal team is here to help all dog bite victims get the compensation they need to move on with their lives. Contact Wendy Doyle-Palumbo today to schedule your free initial consultation with our dedicated personal injury law firm.