Being the victim of a dog bite can be a traumatic experience, but the fact remains that hundreds of dog bites occur annually–many of them resulting in serious injury. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, it’s imperative that you avoid these all-too-common mistakes to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Not Documenting Your Injuries
As soon as possible following the attack, you’ll want to get plenty of pictures of your injuries and document the situation as accurately as possible. This means speaking with local authorities (either police or Animal Control) and having an official report generated, as well as writing down your own personal account of what happened for future reference. Be sure to get photos of the scene of the attack as well.
Giving a Written Statement to the Insurance Company
More than likely, if the dog owner has insurance, their insurance company will contact you at some point and ask you to provide them with a written statement. You should never agree to this– especially without a lawyer present. Anything you say in that statement can and will be used against you. If you filed a police report, refer the insurance company to that instead.
Failure to Work With a Lawyer
Last but not least, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can reach a fair settlement for your dog bite case without a lawyer. A dedicated and experienced lawyer will be able to provide you with sound legal guidance, work with the insurance company, make court appearances, and help you with your case to ensure the best possible outcome.
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