Being attacked by an animal can be a traumatic experience, especially due to the unexpected nature of most attacks. Whether you’ve been attacked by a dog or another animal, it’s important that you become familiar with your legal rights so that you can be compensated for the cost of medical care that you likely need after the attack.
Treating Your Wound
The first thing which you need to do after you experience this traumatic event is get immediate medical attention. Finding a safe place away from the animal by the owner constraining the dog and entering a vehicle can be a good time to assess the injury. Wrapping the wounded area, if possible, and heading to a hospital should be your priority since any attack from an animal opens the possibility of infection.
Contacting an Attorney
After you’ve been treated for an animal attack, it’s up to you to reach out to an attorney that has experience with personal injuries related to animals. Your injury attorney should treat you kindly and with respect, allowing you to get the treatment which you need after being injured. Qualities to look for when hiring an attorney is their qualifications, years of experience, and their specialties, so that you can be confident that you’re able to get the compensation that you need.
Discussing Your Options
Whether a pet dog has bitten you and the owner has expressed full responsibility, or you were bitten by a dog that’s owner wasn’t around, it’s important that you discuss with your attorney what your options are. Your attorney should have the experience necessary to help give you detailed information regarding the kind of help that you’ll be able to receive so that you can be confident moving forward.
Attorney Dianne Sawaya is licensed to practice law in Colorado and the District of Columbia. Dianne Sawaya has practiced law for nearly 30 years, and has devoted more than half of those years to achieving personal injury settlements for accident victims. She practices law in Colorado District Courts, U.S. District Courts in Colorado and Washington, D.C., and U.S. Courts of Appeals in Colorado and Washington, D.C.