As much as you refuse to believe it, dogs can be dangerous and they can occasionally cause dreadful damage.
If you’ve found yourself in the unfortunate situation of a dog attack, make sure you follow the necessary precautions to mitigate the incident.
Prevent Infection from Dog Bites ASAP
- Immediately stop the bleeding by compressing the wound with a cold towel
- Make sure the injured area is elevated
- Disinfect the wound by washing with soap and water thoroughly
- Apply bandage to the lesion. Make sure the bandage is sterile
- Remember to apply antibiotic ointment to the injury daily
Gather Key Information to Accomplish Compensation
It is pivotal to make sure that the dog is up to date on all their vaccination shots including rabies to prevent further complications.
If you are unsure whether or not the dog that bit you has rabies, the doctor will screen you then proceed accordingly.
Once the bite occurs you NEED to acquire all the names and contact information from all the witnesses that were present, especially the owner of the dog if applicable.
Identifying the owner is crucial. If the animal that bit you is being kept by a person, compensation from the owner will be probable.
Possible Dog Bite Compensations
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses (ie: reconstructive surgery, physical therapy, medications, etc.)
- Loss of wages due to inability to work
- Damaged personal items
- Both physical and psychological damage as a result from the attack
- Future complications from disability
There aren’t any disputes when it comes to photographs so remember to clearly document your wounds with photos and medical records from your hospital.
It is entirely possible that the owner of the dog is insured which could lead to you receiving a phone call from the insurance company.
Remember to ask for the following information:
- Their name
- Their phone number
- Address of their office
- Claim number
- Name of the dog’s owner
Restrain from asking or mentioning the following:
- Do not accept any offers of compensation
- Do not discuss who is responsible and at fault
- Do not allow them to record the conversation
- Do not set up an appointment or meet up with them
Florida is considered a “Statutory Strict Liability State” regarding dog bites. The laws and regulations are extremely intricate and cases should be handled by an experienced & skilled attorney only.
If you’ve been the victim of a dog attack, please don’t hesitate to contact The Stafford Law Firm and we’ll ensure the highest possible compensation for you, like we’ve done for all our clients.