According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 885,00 require medical attention for the injuries. About half of all dog bite related injuries are to children. (https://www.cdc.gov/features/dog-bite-prevention)
One of the biggest mistakes that dog injury victims make is not pursuing a claim at all. Many victims do not realize they have a right to compensation. Dog owners are liable for their pets’ actions.
Q: WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE IF INJURED BY A DOG?
1. Take note of the dog and the surroundings
Note what kind of dog injured you or your child, the location, date and time, and who owns the dog. Once you are in a safe location, take a picture of the dog. Take down the name, phone number, and address of any witnesses.
2. Seek Medical Attention
If life threatening or excessive bleeding, call 911. If the wound can be managed by yourself, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water and contact a doctor. All animal bites involve a high risk of infection, regardless of severity. All injuries caused by dogs, not just bites, may be compensable.
3. Record details about the injury including pictures
Take several pictures of the injured area or have medical personal photograph the areas before and after they are treated. Collect and maintain all of your medial information and keep accurate records of any events related to the injury. If possible, contact the owner of the dog to collect their information.
4. Contact animal control at the location of the incident
Report the incident to animal control and/or your local health department.
5. Contact a Michigan attorney
Legal action can be pursued after your wounds have healed. Dog related injuries involved complex legal processes. Contact the Law Office of Steven G. Storrs to discuss your options. Attorney Steven Storrs will work with you and for you to ensure you receive the compensation and care that you are owed.
If you have any legal questions as result of any of the above discussed issues, please call me, Attorney Steven Storrs, at 269-945-2242 or click here to contact me to set up a free consultation to discuss your options.
*This blog is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult an attorney before making important decisions regarding your individual situation.