If you have been seriously injured from a dog bite, you need to contact Austin dog bite lawyer Daniel Smith right away. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas ranks ninth in the country for the amount of people who have dogs. Approximately 44% of households have a dog in Texas, making it highly likely that you’ll encounter a dog walking down a street or going over to someone’s house. When you or someone you love are bitten by a dog, it can be really shocking and cause a lot of damage. We want to guide you through your dog bite case and make sure your right to compensation is fully protected. Austin dog bite lawyer Daniel Smith is highly experienced in these cases and will be glad to take your call to set up a free consultation.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
If you have ever played with a dog and it play bites you, that’s not necessarily the same thing as a dog bite. Play bites usually don’t leave a scratch, but when a dog attacks, it can cause permanent damage. A particularly vicious animal is capable of injuring you in many ways. Here are some common injuries:
- Rabies transmission
- Infections from bites and cuts
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional trauma
- Nerve damage
- Tendon damage
We want to say how sorry we are that you have had to deal with injuries from a dog attack. Fortunately, you are going to be able to receive more compensation if your injuries are worse. These injuries can be long-lasting and cause you permanent mental anguish.
First Steps After the Bite
On the topic of injuries, you need to know that getting your injuries tended to is so important. If you wait to get to the doctor, you run the risk of further worsening your condition. You are also at risk of getting serious infections. A doctor can make sure you are protect from rabies if you get the treatment right away. Also, if you wait for treatment, the liable party’s insurance company is going to try to throw your case out on the basis that you don’t have need for compensation. The first and most important step for yourself after a dog bite is to seek medical attention.
If you are able to stay on the scene for a few short moments, you will want to collect evidence. Maybe you do this while you are waiting for someone to come bring you to the emergency room, or maybe you call an attorney to come do it for you because your injury just cannot wait. You should ask the owner if the dog has all of it’s necessary vaccinations. You can take photos of the area of the attack, the dog, and the injuries it inflicted on you.
A very important step is to hire an experienced Austin dog bite lawyer to make sure that you have everything you need for a successful case. It is almost guaranteed that you will be grateful to have the guidance and support from someone who has dealt with cases like this before and knows how to get you the result you need.
There is a common misconception when it comes to bringing a dog bite claim against the liable party. A lot of times, these attacks happen at a friend or acquaintance’s house which makes a lot of people reluctant to bring a claim. What you need to understand is that you are not getting compensation out of your friend’s pocket. You are getting compensation from their insurance company who is prepared for cases like this. That’s why they have insurance.
When you ask for compensation, we take into account your medical needs and we work with medical professionals to figure out what you will need in the future in terms of treatment. We will then help you to get the award from the insurance company in the fullest and most fair amount. You have every right to bring a claim, even if you are friends with the dog owner. They still did something wrong that lead to this accident and you shouldn’t have to pay for this mistake.
Dealing with Insurance
Do not be surprised if, very quickly after the incident, you are contacted by a representative of the liable party’s insurance company. They will be looking for a recorded statement from you and you should not give them one. They might seem helpful and polite, but they are trained to get answers from you that will make it seem like you are at fault for the incident. You should avoid talking to them, and let your attorney take over communication.
Call Our Office Today
If you or your child has been attacked by a dog, please do not hesitate to get in contact with experienced Austin dog bite lawyer Daniel Smith right away. You do not want your case to get thrown out because you waited too long to get it started. We are here to guide you through every step of the process and make sure that you are being taken care of. Please call our office today for a free consultation.