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Dog Bite Claim FAQs: What To Do When Their Bark ISN'T Worse Than Their Bite

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in the United States. While not every dog bite will warrant a personal injury claim, it's important that you educate yourself on some points about these cases. You'll also want to contact reliable personal injury lawyers in your area to find out whether the specific circumstances of your animal bite incident will be enough to file a case. We'll take a look at some FAQs on cases involving dog bites below.

If I've been bitten or attacked by someone's dog, what should I do?
First of all, you should seek medical attention right away. Either call an ambulance or have a friend or relative take you to a hospital or medical clinic. You should also contact the police and, if the dog is a stray, animal control services. If you can, take photos of the scene and your injuries. You should then contact a team of personal injury attorneys to see whether you might have a case.

Would I have a legal claim if I was bitten by a stray dog?
In most circumstances, probably not. Because your municipality probably isn't legally responsible for stray dogs, there might not be anyone to file a claim against. That said, if a dog escapes from a local pound and ends up biting you, you may be able to file a suit against the pound. But this is pretty rare. A dog typically needs to be in the care of someone in order to file a case.

If a dog bit me while I was on the job, would I file for workers compensation or for personal injury?
It depends on the situation. In some cases, you may actually be able to file both. If you were invited into a client's home to perform work and were bitten by their dog, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the client. You may be able to file for workers comp in addition to that claim. If the dog belongs to your employer, that may not be possible. Your lawyer can tell you more about what your case warrants.

What if a dog attacks my pet? Do I have a legal claim if my pet dies as a result?
You may be entitled to compensation if your pet is attacked or killed by another pet. You may even receive money for mental anguish, loss of companionship, or punitive damages. State laws differ when it comes to these types of claims, so your lawyer will be your best source of information.

If a dog owner violates my city's leash law and their dog attacks me, will they be held liable for injuries?
Yes, in the majority of cases. Violation of a city's leash law is usually enough evidence to determine the negligence of an owner. To find out more about your municipality's leash laws, you should contact your local government office or your lawyer.

Like all types of personal injury cases, claims involving dog bites can be complicated and are always unique. That's why you'll need an experienced lawyer by your side to help. If you've been injured by an animal and another party is responsible for your injuries, you may be able to pursue a case in court. After you've received medical care, contact a reputable attorney in your area to find out more.

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