Dogs have been sharing space with human beings for thousands of years, but they aren’t all friendly family pets. Every year, more than 350,000 people are sent to the emergency room by a dog bite. Even dogs that appear friendly may bite, causing you or your loved one considerable pain and suffering. No one can plan for the financial cost of a dog bite, but Hinkle Law Offices, P.C. can help you get compensation.
What Should I Do if I’m Bitten By a Dog?
If you or a loved one are bitten by a dog, the steps you take now will make it easier to get the compensation you deserve later.
- Identify the dog and its owner. This can assist law enforcement as well as provide necessary information, such as the dog’s rabies shot record.
- Seek medical attention, even if the bite is not life-threatening or severe. The risk of infection from dog bites is extremely high; medical professionals will also provide records of your injuries.
- File a dog bite report with the city of Albuquerque. This will allow law enforcement to take the necessary steps to prevent another person from being bitten.
- Have photographs of your injuries taken. Some medical care facilities take photographs for your medical records, but take your own with a date and time stamp.
- Gather as much information as you can regarding the dog and its owner. If there’s a record of this dog biting other people, this will improve your legal case.
- Contact a personal injury attorney. It can be a complex issue to claim compensation for your medical expenses and your pain and suffering; your attorney will look after your best interests and help you make the right decisions for your case.
You Have TUF Help Available
Not only are dog bites painful and potentially life-threatening, but they’re also frightening. And if a dog isn’t suitably identified as being “potentially dangerous,” another person could be bitten. Hinkle Law Offices, P.C. will help you form your case and we’ll go to work on your behalf. You shouldn’t pay the cost for someone else’s negligence; we’ll make sure you don’t have to.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately and then contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.