Compensation After A Dog Bite
Whether a dog bite seems minor or major, if the skin was broken, a prompt medical evaluation is essential to prevent or treat infection and minimize scarring. A dog bite injury triggers both medical and legal aspects that require prompt attention. If you, your child or another family member has been bitten by a dog or attacked by an exotic animal, our attorneys at Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C., will advise you on legal options for pursuing maximum compensation.
Steps To Recovery
Step one in the recovery process is to get prompt emergency medical care.
Step two, to protect your rights and interests, should be to contact a skilled, attentive personal injury attorney. At Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C., we will help you pursue compensation for your or your child’s injuries and losses, including:
- Medical care
- Replacement of lost wages
- In the case of a child, funding for any special necessary educational accommodations
- Therapy, pain management and plastic surgery, as needed
- Pain and suffering, which may include ongoing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and harmful psycho-social consequences, such as shunning or depression
Frequently Asked Questions
What if the victim is a child?
Special considerations after a dog bite to a child include (1) additional surgery that might be needed after the child matures and (2) necessary attention to the social and educational effects of disfigurement.
What should I do if I know the owner?
Do not let this fact stop you from exploring your legal options, including bringing an injury claim or lawsuit. This may be the only way to tap into available insurance resources.
What’s going to happen to the dog if I report it?
Depending on your jurisdiction (Washington, D.C., or a community in Maryland or Virginia), an attorney can address this question based on laws in that area. Medical attention for the injured person needs to be the top priority.
How Our Attorneys Can Help After An Animal Attack
Our personal injury attorneys work hard to obtain financial support from negligent and liable parties for the sake of our injured clients and their close family members. We are ready to bring in experts such as medical, psychological and vocational specialists to help us document the short-term and long-term effects of your dog bite injuries.
After a fatal dog bite or animal attack that took the life of your family member, we can help you bring a wrongful death claim if you are eligible.