Most people probably wouldn’t consider themselves to be at risk of becoming the victim of a dog bite. Yet, from 2008 to 2012 alone, injuries from dog attacks hospitalized over 34,000 Arizonans. When a dog attacks someone, the consequences quickly flood every area of the victim’s life. Injury, emotional trauma and costly medical bills are just a few of the consequences victims will face after suffering an attack. In extreme cases, the attack could cause severe disability or even death.
If you are ever attacked or bitten by a dog, you should:
- Call 911 immediately, regardless of the severity of your wounds. A licensed medical professional should always perform a full medical examination following an animal attack and carefully document their findings. Ask for a copy of these documents for your records, as they will be an essential part of your injury claim later on.
- While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, take down the name and contact information of the dog’s owner, as well as any witnesses who may have been present during the incident.
- Hire a personal injury attorney to help you file a claim against the dog’s owner. As a precaution, while your case is still pending, your attorney should be the only person with whom you discuss any of the details. If, at any time, insurance agents, lawyers or anyone else contacts you on behalf of the other parties involved in your case, politely refer them to your attorney and then hang up.
If you or a loved one has been attacked or bitten by a dog and would like to pursue an injury claim in Phoenix, Ahwatukee or any of the surrounding areas, consider scheduling a consultation with one of the skilled and compassionate attorneys at the law offices of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC. Our team of highly skilled legal professionals is equipped with the expertise necessary to help victims of dog attacks cope with the resulting damages, get their lives back on track, and ensure that the parties at fault are held accountable.
The legal claims process is rife with challenges and pitfalls that non-experts are usually oblivious to, and by extension, defeated by. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is the only way to ensure that you have the best possible chances of being awarded the financial compensation you need and deserve. Without an attorney to represent you, you could end up receiving insufficient compensation, keeping you entrenched in a state of financial devastation through no fault of your own. Your claim may even be denied altogether.
You don’t have to navigate the court system alone. The experts at SGP Law Firm are here for you. For help with a claim, please do not hesitate to reach out and schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today.