Dogs are a man’s best friend and have been for thousands of years. As working animals and loving companions, it is no wonder that dogs are one of the most popular pets in the United States. Even though dogs are typically friendly with cheerful demeanors, they are still animals. You cannot always predict the behavior of a dog, even if they are trained and have no prior history of being aggressive. When dogs attack, the injuries that result can be severe. If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite injury, you be sure to understand your options for receiving compensation. Here are a few mistakes that a dog bite victim should try to avoid after suffering from attack:
The first thing you should do after you are bitten by a dog is seek medical attention. Even if you think your injury is not that bad or that you do not need first aid, you should do so anyways. Getting your injury examined by a medical professional can ensure that the incident and injuries are documented, which can be useful later in the compensation recovery process.
After medical attention has been sought, it is important to call the police and file a dog bite report. These documents will help in the pursuit of compensation from the negligent owner or even an insurance company. Filing a report also allows authorities to effectively deal with the dog bite and help prevent future incidents with the same canine.
Immediately after a dog bite, you should begin to document the current and ongoing effects of your injury. Take photos of the injury before and after medical care is received. It is also important to keep a photographic record of how your injury heals over time and the injury has affected your quality of life, your ongoing medical expenses, and your ability to work.
If you have been injured by a dog, you deserve to get better as soon as possible. In the state of Illinois, you may be able to hold the owner or another negligent party, such as a landlord, responsible for the bite injury. The best thing to do would be to contact a knowledgeable Bloomingdale, IL personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. At the Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we can help you determine your best course of action to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. To get started, call our office today at 630-932-9100 to schedule a free consultation.
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