California Injury Blog, Dog Bites
Were you recently bitten by a dog and are wondering if you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries? Filing a dog bite claim will be difficult without the help of an experienced Ventura dog bite lawyer. Contact our office today to arrange a free consultation.
Filing a Dog Bite Claim | After the Accident
If your injuries are serious, dial 9-1-1 or get immediate medical attention. Your first thought must be to avoid further injury and make sure your injuries do not worsen. If possible, get as much information as you can about the dog’s owner. This is important because it’s the dog owner (and the dog owner’s insurance company) that is legally responsible for paying for your injuries. As you can imagine, a court can order a dog owner to pay you, but not a dog.
After things have settled down, you should report the dog bite. Ideally, this will be the appropriate local animal control agency or department, but it may be a local police department depending on where you live. Finally, gather evidence of your injuries and the harm you have suffered as a result of them. Take pictures, get copies of your medical records and have your boss or human resources department document the work you had to miss (if applicable) because of your injuries from the dog bite.
Filing a Dog Bite Claim | Hire an Attorney
You want to ask the attorney some questions. What is their experience and track record in dealing with dog bite cases? How are you relating to that attorney? What is your relationship like with that lawyer’s office? What you have to do is call a few lawyers and find out who you can talk to. Who’s going to spend the time that’s necessary to find out what your case is about, and how that dog bit has affected you and your family? You will know who you have the best working relationship with. Are you stuck with just talking to the receptionist or the intake person or do you get to talk to the attorney? Did that attorney take the time to listen to you and answer your questions?
Only by taking those steps, will you know who the best attorney for you is. Check their experience. Ask yourself to see who you think really cares about you. When you find that attorney, you will know they are the best Ventura dog bite lawyer for your case. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.