Steps You Should Take after a Dog Bite
As Minneapolis personal injury lawyers, we deal with a lot of people who have been attacked by dogs. They might be considered man's best friend, but it can feel like a strange relationship when you are on the victim end of a dog attack. If you are ever bit by someone else's dog, then we want you to know the right steps to take.
1. See a Medical Professional
A dog bite can be very dangerous. Dogs can carry a lot of diseases, and they can all be very dangerous and even fatal when transferred to humans. Dog bites have a very high chance of getting infected, and the chance rises exponentially if the dog is a stray rather than a well-cared for domestic pet. If you are bit by a dog, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Even a small bite should be thoroughly cleaned and checked for infection.
2. Record the Incident
Record the incident as accurately as possible. Pictures, written statements, and any possible recordings can all be helpful when you take the next step. Talk to anyone who was present during the incident to see what you can present as evidence of what happened. The more information you gather, the easier it will be to present your claim to the insurance adjuster.
3. Contact a Legal Representative
Your next step will be to contact Minneapolis personal injury lawyers at Lord & Associates. There are laws out there to protect you from this kind of incident. Minnesota law requires dog owners to take on the responsibility for the actions of their pet, and if the pet gets out of control, all damages are to be handled by the owner, or the home owners insurance adjuster. This means that we can use the law to get some monetary recompense to help with your medical bills.
4. Follow All Instructions
Once we hear the facts of your case, we can let you know what steps need to be taken. Sometimes, the process will differ depending on the severity of the bite, the position of the owner, and the condition of the dog. We will help you know what to do and can stand by your side as you work through all the details.
5. Turn over Insurance Information
One of the valuable services we offer is working as a liaison between you and the insurance company. We will gather all the appropriate evidence and submit it to the insurance company as soon as you heal. We can make sure that you get the compensation you need to handle your medical bills. We can make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.