If you are attacked and bitten by a dog, the experience may result in long lasting injury and trauma. If you or a member of your family is ever attacked by a dog, the first thing to do is seek medical attention and then contact the Las Vegas dog bite attorneys at Gazda & Tadayon.
If you are attacked by a dog, there are a number of things that you should do:
Seek medical attention: Dog bites can be serious; they can inflict deep wounds and they pose a risk of infection. If the bite is serious, immediately call for an ambulance or go immediately to an emergency treatment center.
Identify the dog: You and anyone who may have witnessed the attack should attempt to identify the animal and how the dog’s owner can be contacted. It is important to find the owner as he will bear the responsibility. The owner’s insurance will likely be required to pay for any care and compensation that may be awarded under law.
Report the attack: Report the attack to the authorities who may be the police or the animal welfare department of the local government. Give them all the information, including a description of the dog and the owner’s details. If the dog is a stray give the physical description of the animal and the location of the attack.
Take photos: Take photos of any wounds or lacerations. Take these photos prior to medical attention and after care. Furthermore, take photos of any torn or bloodied clothing, the dog if you can and the site of the attack.
Contact the Las Vegas dog bite attorneys at Gazda & Tadayon: A dog bite may cause a great deal of pain and there will be medical bills and treatments. You will probably be put under pressure from the dog owner’s insurance company to give details of the attack and settle quickly and for little compensation. Ignore the dog owner’s insurance company and get your lawyer as fast as possible as time is of the essence. It is imperative that all evidence be saved and preserved and that all witnesses are contacted for their statements. As witnesses often forget the details, and evidence can be quickly contaminated, getting your lawyer fast is important.
Do not give information or sign anything: The insurance company is only interested in protecting themselves; they do not care about you or your suffering. If you give them any information, they will turn around and use it against you in an effort to either defeat your claim or minimize it. Dog bite claims can result in significant compensation that you may not know exists. The value of your case in court often increases as the costs of the treatment increase; this even applies to surgical procedures to erase scars resulting from the attack.
Effective Las Vegas dog bite attorneys can seek complete compensation for all recoverable damages. Call Gazda & Tadayon Trial Lawyers as soon as possible and let them fight for the compensation you deserve for the pain and trauma suffered.