No matter how cute a neighbor’s dog might be, it’s critical to always keep in mind that a dog is only as nice as the owner trains it to be. Too often do people interact with other people’s dogs to get an unpleasant surprise, such as a dog bite. While dog bites do not happen too often, it’s always a possibility when you are interacting with a dog you usually do not interact with. When a dog bite occurs, the first thing you are going to want to do is to pay a visit to the doctor and get it checked out. Even if the bite is small, it could get infected. Next, you are going to want to reach out to an attorney and get a free consultation about your situation. Here at Lieberman Injury Law, located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, our attorneys will listen to your situation and let you know if we think the case is worth pursuing. We also will be able to tell you how much the case is worth; that way, you can make the decision knowing all of the facts. If you still aren’t sure if you want to call an attorney, keep reading to see the common signs that your dog bite should go to court.
- You Have Tons of Medical Bills
When we say you have a lot of medical bills, we don’t just mean that one bill from when you went to Urgent Care to get the bite checked out. We mean hospital bills either from catching a disease from the dog bite or bites or a severe injury. Even one hospital visit can add up. When it comes to being bitten by someone else’s dog, you should not have to pay for the medical bills from the incident. It is up to the dog’s owner to train the dog to know how to interact with strangers appropriately.
- The Bite Interrupted Your Daily Life
Another sign that you should give an attorney a call about your dog bite is if the dog bite has interrupted your day to day life. Sometimes a dog bite may hurt for a few minutes, need to be cleaned, then you can go on with your day. The dog bite may require a week or two to heal, but you are going to most likely be okay. Other times, the dog bite was aggressively done and caused severe injuries that needed medical attention. When this happens, you may spend days, or even weeks, in the hospital. You may even have to take off work for a little bit. When this happens, you must get an attorney to evaluate your case. Having your life shaken up to this extent could do way more damage than just a bite.
- The Dog Owner is Not Helping or Seems Unconcerned
Did you know that the majority of dog bites are from friends, family members, and neighbors dogs? The reason being is that these dogs tend to be the ones we commonly interact with. And while we may trust these dogs, sometimes animals do things without any rhyme or reason, including biting. Most dog bites scenarios fall in the middle of the spectrum between severe and mild. This middle ground means that you may need to get minor medical attention, such as shots or stitches. When this happens, most people simply ask the dog owner to cover the medical bills and any other fees. While you may think this friend, family member, or acquaintance would pay up, sometimes people become all talk and no action when it comes time to pay. When this happens, don’t waste any time and contact an attorney. The attorney can speak with the owner and their homeowner’s insurance and get the situation sorted out amicably.
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When it comes to dog bites, knowing whether to contact an attorney or not can be difficult. However, if your situation falls into any of the above signs, then calling an attorney is most likely in your best interest. If you are still unsure, know that there is no harm done by getting a free consultation. At the very least, it will give you peace of mind about your situation. To learn more about Lieberman Injury Law, located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, or to get your free consultation, give our team a call today at (954) 596-9944.