Although they are often called “man’s best friend,” dogs can and do attack. Animals often act simply on instinct, or due to abuse or improper training by their owners.
A dog owner is generally liable for the acts of their dog, even if they were not present at the time of the attack or even if it was a “good dog” prior to attacking the victim. Liability can also extend to anyone who housed or was caring for the dog, such dog-sitters or dog walkers.
Dog attacks can result in serious psychological and physical injuries, sometimes with fatal results. Young children are at an increased risk since their height often makes their neck, head and upper body more accessible to the animal, resulting in increased harm.
If you or a loved one are the victim of a dog bite, there are a number of crucial steps you need to take:
- Seek immediate medical care. If you suffered a puncture wound, you may be at risk of infection that are often transmitted by dog bites. Also, bite wounds should be treated as soon as possible to avoid or minimize the possibility of extensive and permanent scarring. Other injuries, like head trauma or back pain, may seem minor at first but may end up having a serious impact on your life.
- Identify the dog and its owner. You will need to determine who owns or is caring for the dog if you are to recover financial compensation for your injuries. You may be able to learn its identity by asking people in the neighborhood or even by getting in touch with the local animal control agency.
- Get names and phone numbers of witnesses.
- Make a report to the animal control authorities about the dog.
Of course, it is essential that you contact ARDITO LAW FIRM, P.C. as soon as possible. We can help you make sense of the information you have collected and protect your rights and you can focus on your recovery.
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