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Dog Bite Injuries

A dog bite can be a traumatic experience that may cause severe and permanent injuries. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind if you find yourself in a situation like this:

  • Seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Dog bites pose a serious risk for infection and medical attention should be received immediately.
  • Identify the dog that bit/attacked you. Identifying the dog that bit you is important in determining the owner, because the owner is the responsible party. The owner’s insurance company is usually who pays for the injury.
  • Report the attack. Report the attack to the closest county animal control agency or the sheriff’s department. Provide information about the dog, including owner’s name and address. If the dog at fault was a stray, describe the dog’s appearance and location of the incident.
  • Take photos of the injuries. As soon as possible, take photographs of all visible injuries (wound, lacerations, etc.) and any torn or bloody clothing. If possible, take pictures of the dog itself and the location of the incident.
  • Contact a lawyer. After a dog bite injury, you may be facing pain, treatments, bills, and pressure from an insurance company to give statements or settle. Time is vitally important because your chances of success decrease the longer you wait.
  • Be Wary of Insurance Companies. Do not give an insurance company information about your injury and do not sign any document without discussing it with your attorney. The insurance companies’ only interest is protecting themselves from claims. The information you give them can and will be used against you. Do not attempt to settle a case yourself, because you may have a right to certain types of compensation for damages you may not know exist. Dog bites often result in surgical procedures, which increase the value of your case.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a dog bite incident, call us at 847-724-0300 for a free consultation with a Cook County personal injury lawyer.

 

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