IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED BY A DOG BITE, CALL (800) 863-5312 TODAY
Dogs are known as man’s best friend. It is extremely unfortunate, therefore, when a dog bites its owner or another human. Knowing what to do after a dog bite may help you in your dog bite injury case.
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation. Zinda Law Group New Mexico dog bite lawyers have the experience necessary to guide you through the legal process. Our attorneys may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A DOG BITE
Getting bit or attacked by a dog can be a traumatizing event. Whether the dog is yours or a stranger’s, there are certain steps you should take immediately following the incident. These steps are not only to ensure your wellbeing, but to also aid you in your dog bite injury lawsuit. These steps include:
1. Seek Medical Attention
Dog bite injuries may range from relatively minor, to life-threatening. You may be wondering if you should seek medical attention after being bit by a dog. The answer is typically yes, even if you think your injuries are non-life-threatening.
If a dog has punctured your skin, the bacteria from the dog’s mouth may then be introduced into your body. While our bodies are typically able to fight minor infections, this might not always be the case. Seeking medical attention following any dog bite may prevent a serious infection from forming. Further, even if you plan on seeking medical attention, you should always clean the wound immediately following the incident.
Seeking immediate medical attention from a medical professional may also help you in your dog bite injury lawsuit. A medical professional will be able to properly diagnose and document all of your injuries. Without a medical report, the opposing party may be able to argue that your injuries were not as serious as you initially believed, or they may even argue that your injuries were not the result of a dog bite at all. Proper medical documentation may be able to help you seek the maximum amount of compensation in your case.
2. Investigate and Document the Accident
Depending upon the circumstances of your dog bite attack, you may have to investigate who owns the dog. Determining who owns the dog is crucial in your lawsuit, as you will need to show who is at fault to seek compensation for your injuries. If you are unable to find the dog’s owner, you should contact local animal control. Animal control may be able to scan for a microchip or otherwise help find the legal owner.
Along with identifying the dog’s owner, you should document the accident. This means you should take pictures of the dog that bit you, any injuries, the scene of the accident, and any other factor that you believe may be beneficial in your dog bite lawsuit.
Next, you should write down any information that you may think is important. This includes how the dog bite or attack occurred, the name and contact information of the owner, the owner’s insurance company information, and the names and contact information of any witnesses.
3. Report the Bite to Animal Control
The next step is to report the dog bite to the local animal control authorities. Reporting the incident may uncover some important factors, such as whether or not the dog has bitten another individual. Further, if the dog was running loose, the local animal control authorities may be able to help you determine who is responsible for the dog.
4. Contact a New Mexico Dog Bite Attorney
If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be able to receive compensation. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced attorney in your area as soon as possible after a dog bite or attack. A Zinda Law Group New Mexico personal injury attorney may be able to help determine who is at fault in your case, negotiate on your behalf, and fight to get you compensation for your injuries.
The opposing party’s insurance company will not likely want to give you the money you deserve, so it is important to have a personal injury lawyer by your side who knows how to negotiate with these insurance companies or fight for you in court if a settlement cannot be made. Zinda Law Group attorneys are familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies, and other lawyers, and have the ability necessary to negotiate a fair settlement and get you the compensation you deserve.
KEY ELEMENTS OF A DOG BITE CASE
If you have been bitten or attacked, by a dog, you may be wondering if you can file a claim to get you compensation for your injuries. Dog bite victims may suffer from physical injuries, hefty medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To receive compensation for these damages, you may need to file a lawsuit. Below are the key elements in most dog bite cases:
Speak with an Attorney
The first step to beginning your dog bite injury claim is to speak with an experienced attorney. At Zinda Law Group, we understand that you may be suffering from a traumatizing event. Luckily, you do not have to go through this difficult time alone. Zinda Law Group attorneys have helped countless injury victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries and we may be able to help you.
Our knowledgeable attorneys have the ability to handle every aspect of your dog bite injury case. We may gather evidence, file paperwork, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for you in court if a favorable settlement cannot be made. Further, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case and help explain the legal process. Call us today for your free consultation.
The next step in your New Mexico dog bite case is for your attorney to thoroughly investigate the incident. Your attorney will likely investigate the address or property where the bite occurred, whether or not the dog has up to date rabies vaccine, the name and contact information of the owner, and how the incident occurred. For example, your lawyer may need to investigate whether the dog was restrained at the time of the attack. If the dog was not properly restrained on public property, it may show that the owner was at fault for the incident. Finally, your attorney will need to investigate federal and New Mexico dog bite laws and apply them to your unique case.
After the investigation, your lawyer may then start the negotiation process. This process may be tedious and difficult, as insurance companies are not likely to provide you with the maximum compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries. Your attorney may need to make numerous offers, many of which will be rejected or met with counteroffers. It may take a significant amount of time before a settlement can be made outside of the courtroom. However, Zinda Law Group attorneys have been successful in getting countless individuals the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Unfortunately, a favorable settlement cannot always be made outside of the courtroom. In this situation, your attorney may need to fight for you in front of a judge. At this point, your attorney may need to find witnesses, present evidence, prove that the dog owner is liable for your injuries, and much more. Trials can be unpredictable and costly, so negotiation outside of court may be preferable, depending on your case. Whether or not your case has to go to trial, Zinda Law Group attorneys in New Mexico have the experience and ability necessary to help get you compensation in your case.
COMPENSATION AND RELIEF IN DOG BITE CASES
If you are able to show that someone else is at fault for your dog bite injury, you may be able to receive compensation. There are two main kinds of compensation, or “damages,” that you may be entitled to.
Economic damages are specific damages meant to compensate the victim for his or her out-of-pocket expenses. These damages are easily put into monetary terms and may include hospital bills and property damage.
Non-economic damages are general damages and are not easily put into monetary terms. These damages may include compensation for the victim’s pain and suffering, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Each case is different, and the specific amount of compensation you may receive is not guaranteed. Call a Zinda Law Group attorney today to discuss what your case may be worth.
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If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be wondering what to do next. After you have sought medical attention for your wounds, contact one of our Zinda Law Group attorneys to help guide you through the legal process. We understand that each case is unique, and we are available to help assist you with your dog bite claim.
Contact an experienced New Mexico dog bite attorney today to discuss what happened in your case. Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers may help you determine who is at fault in your case, discuss what compensation you may be entitled to, and fight on your behalf through the entire legal process. Further, Zinda Law Group attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will cover all legal fees and costs in your case upfront. You only pay us if we are able to get you compensation in your lawsuit. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. Call us at (800) 863-5312 to set up a free consultation. Check out our blog and podcast for more helpful resources.
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