How to File a Dog Bite Claim

How to File a Dog Bite Claim

April 25, 2023

A dog bite can result in severe physical and emotional injuries, leading to medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. When faced with such an incident, it’s crucial to know how to file a dog bite claim and protect your rights. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of filing a dog bite claim with Avian Law Group and provide essential tips on what to do if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

The first thing to do after a dog bite is to seek medical attention. Dog bites can cause infections, tetanus, and other serious health complications. A medical professional will assess your injuries and provide the necessary treatment. Make sure to keep all medical records, as they will be crucial for your claim.

Report the Incident

After receiving medical care, report the dog bite to your local animal control or law enforcement agency. This step will help document the incident and may prevent future attacks by the same dog. Obtain a copy of the report for your records.

Gather Evidence and Information

Collect as much information as possible about the dog, its owner, and the circumstances surrounding the bite. Key details to gather include:

  • The dog owner’s name, address, and contact information
  • The dog’s breed, age, and vaccination history
  • The location and time of the bite
  • Names and contact information of any witnesses

Take photographs of your injuries and the location where the incident occurred. This evidence will be vital for your claim.

Keep Detailed Records

Maintain organized records of all documents, receipts, and correspondence related to the dog bite incident. This includes medical records, bills, lost wage documentation, and any communications with the dog owner or insurance companies. These records will be crucial in building a strong case.

Avoid Discussing Your Case on Social Media

Refrain from discussing your dog bite case on social media platforms. Insurance companies may use your posts to undermine your claim. It’s best to keep your case private until it is

Understand Your State’s Dog Bite Laws

Dog bite laws vary by state, so it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the specific laws applicable to your case. In some states, strict liability applies, which means that the dog owner is responsible for damages regardless of whether they knew the dog was dangerous. In other states, a negligence standard applies, requiring you to prove that the owner failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent the bite. Avian Law Group’s attorneys have extensive knowledge of dog bite laws and can help you navigate these complexities.

Document Your Recovery Process

Keep a journal documenting your physical and emotional recovery process. Record details about your pain levels, daily activities, and the impact of your injuries on your personal and professional life. This information can help demonstrate the extent of your suffering and strengthen your claim for compensation.

Be Patient and Persistent

Filing a dog bite claim and negotiating with insurance companies can be a lengthy and challenging process. It’s essential to be patient and persistent throughout the process. Avian Law Group’s attorneys will work diligently on your behalf, keeping you informed and fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Understand the Potential Compensation

In a dog bite claim, you may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including:

  • Medical expenses: Costs for emergency care, hospitalization, follow-up appointments, medications, and any necessary rehabilitation
  • Lost wages: Income lost due to missed work because of the dog bite injury or related medical appointments
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and the impact of the injury on your quality of life
  • Property damage: Costs to repair or replace any personal property damaged during the incident, such as clothing or eyeglasses

Avian Law Group’s attorneys will carefully evaluate your case and work to maximize the compensation you receive.

Stay Involved and Informed

Throughout the process, stay involved and informed about your case. Communicate regularly with your attorney and follow their advice. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. Avian Law Group is committed to providing personalized attention and keeping clients informed every step of the way.

In conclusion, filing a dog bite claim can be a complex process. By following the steps outlined in this blog post and working with the experienced attorneys at Avian Law Group, you can protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Remember to act promptly, gather evidence, and consult with legal professionals to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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Michael Avanesian

Michael Avanesian, the founder and driving force behind Avian Law Group, is a passionate and dedicated attorney with a strong background in personal injury law. As a partner at JT Legal Group, Michael led the growth of the personal injury practice from a single employee to a team of over ninety professionals, securing over $2 billion in settlements for clients in just three years.

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