Who doesn’t love dogs? They’re faithful companions, energetic
playmates, and often feel like a family member It may be for these reasons
that we sometimes forget that even a well-trained dog is still an animal,
and no animal is completely free of unpredictability. You might be scratching
behind a dog’s ears one second and pulling back your hand in pain
from a nasty bite the next. It can happen to anyone but few people actually
know what to do if it does.
What should you do if you’re bitten by a dog?
After suffering a dog bite, you need to be able to identify its breed and
who owns it. If it appears to have been a stray, or if its owner is nowhere
in sight, you may not have any courses of action, other than immediately
seeking medical attention. Dog bite wounds from strays may cause a rabies
infection, which can be fatal if left untreated.
If the dog that bit you does seem to have an owner, you need to get into
immediate contact with them. Tell them that their dog bit you but do not
admit fault for any reason. Even if you had riled up the dog, perhaps
thinking it wanted to play, you should not claim any responsibility for
Pursuing financial compensation for your personal injury caused by a dog
bite can be tricky, and there are a few things to keep in mind:
Evidence: Record your injury as best as you can, including photographs. As any dog
bite may lead to infection, you should seek medical attention and keep
any records they provide you for your own case. Do not openly share information
with the dog’s owner and do not allow them to take photographs of
Owner’s consent: Try to remember if you had the owner’s permission to get close to
or pet the dog that bit you. If an owner gave you permission and you were
attacked, it could point to the owner’s negligence or inability
to control their animal.
Location: If the dog was behind a fence or tied up on someone else’s property
at the time of the bite, you might have to prove that you had permission
to be there. A loose animal, however, may indicate negligence on the owner’s behalf.
If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog and have suffered bodily
injury or emotional trauma, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
In addition to recovering the costs of your medical treatments, you may
be able to seek rewards from punitive damages should the animal’s
owner be found negligent. But pursuing restitution will require an experienced
personal injury attorney that has a case history including dog attacks,
such as the professionals you will find at Gerber Law
We strive to give our clients the personal attention they deserve, and
we treat each case as if it was our own. Since we won’t charge you
unless we win you a reasonable settlement, you have nothing to lose.
Don’t suffer in silence. Contact Attorney Maria Gerber for caring
yet aggressive representation in Sarasota. Your
free consultation awaits!