Morris County Dog Bite Attorney
One of the most common types of personal injury is dog bites. Dog bites happen on a daily basis in the United States, and many of these attacks result in serious injuries. These injuries can be costly to treat, which is why you need to recover as much compensation as possible. The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A. is a Morris County dog bite attorney who will help you understand your legal options.
What to Do After a Dog Bite
What you do after a dog bite is important, especially during the claims process, where every action is scrutinized. What you do (and don’t do) can be used against you. If you wait too long to seek medical treatment, the insurance company will try to deny your claim, stating that you must not really be injured.
Any time you are attacked by a dog, medical treatment needs to be a priority. Even if you think you are fine, you should see a doctor right away. That’s because infections are common in dog bite cases. You may be sick and not even know it. You may have internal injuries or back and neck injuries, which may take weeks to manifest.
If you are seriously injured, call 911 immediately. If you are not too injured, you should still get checked out by the ER or your doctor.
After you are treated for your injuries, you should report the dog bite. Contact your local police department and they can guide you through the next steps. You may have to contact the local health department as well.
Another thing you can do is document the dog bite. Write down every detail you have about it, including when and where it happened, the breed of dog, the owner’s information, and contact information of any witnesses. You should also take photos of your injuries and get a copy of the dog bite report and medical records pertaining to the dog attack, if possible.
Follow through with treatment. Once you are well enough, you should consider seeking legal help. A dog bite lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and make sure you receive adequate compensation for your injuries. You may require long-term care, especially if there is scarring or major skin injuries involved. Your lawyer can help you understand what future medical care you will need (such as surgeries and medications) and how much it will cost.
Contact a Morris County Dog Bite Attorney
While many dog bites can be prevented, many still occur due to owner negligence. Dog bite injuries can be life-threatening and even deadly in nature.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a dog attack? If so, seek legal help from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A. Count on our Morris County dog bite attorneys to guide you through the process and get you a fair amount of compensation. To schedule a free initial case consultation, call (973) 455-1567.