Mathews County dog bite attorneys
Being attacked by a dog is terrifying, especially when it happens to a child. Most victims of dog attacks are children, and this distressing event can have a lasting impact on their physical and emotional health.
As a rural county, Mathews County residents own many dogs that are able to enjoy the wide open spaces and many coastal areas of the county. While dogs can be wonderful companions, they can hurt people in certain situations.
In fact, more than 4.5 million Americans are attacked by dogs every year, and more than 800,000 of these victims require medical care, according to the Center for Disease Control. A dog bite can lead to infection, scarring, and serious emotional trauma.
Dog owners have a responsibility to prevent their animal from harming others. If you or a loved one was injured in a dog attack, you can seek compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills and other expenses caused by the incident.
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Try to stay calm after a dog attack, although that isn’t easy. However, you can take immediate steps to make sure the victim gets the right care.
If the bite broke the skin, apply first aid, and get the victim to a doctor right away. Dog bites can cause serious medical consequences, including scaring rand infections. In addition to dressing the wound, your doctor may want to treat it with a tetanus shot and antibiotics.
After you are certain the victim is getting needed medical attention, you can begin taking steps to document the attack. Start by reporting the incident to the Virginia Department of Health.
Collect contact information from the dog’s owner and anyone who witnessed the attack. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the injuries to share with your attorney. Keep records of all medical care the victim receives.
The dog owner’s insurance company may try to contact you and offer you a settlement. You should at least speak with a Virginia dog bite attorney first. An insurance company representative may try to get you to say things that could damage your claim. That’s why it’s wise to let a trained lawyer represent you.
Virginia has complicated dog bite laws, and the owner’s insurance company may try to tell you don’t have a case if the dog has never bitten anyone before. But this isn’t always true particularly if the dog has displayed aggressive behavior before. However, we generally have to prove that the dog has bitten another person before and the owner was on notice of the previous attack. The dog’s owner is ultimately responsible for preventing it from hurting people, and you have the right to seek compensation if you or a loved one were hurt.
Your Mathews County injury attorney will investigate the attack by speaking with witnesses, reviewing the incident report, and going over the victim’s medical records. Your lawyer can also obtain records about the dog and its owner. Then your lawyer will prepare a claim that covers all the expenses you are facing. This may include:
- Ambulance transport
- Emergency room care
- Doctor’s office visits
- Time missed from work
- Pain and suffering
- Reconstructive surgery
A dog attack is likely to have lasting consequences. The physical injuries may be significant, requiring several treatments over a long period of time. Even after the wounds have healed, plastic surgery may be required to eliminate scarring. These treatments can be costly.
Ask you doctor if he or she can recommend counseling for victims of an animal attack. This can be an important part of the healing process, especially when the victim is a child.
At GisbonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we consider it a calling to help accident victims get the compensation you need to cover the cost of your care and put your life back together. We do everything we can to provide comfort and support for you and your family in Mathews.
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