Bit by a Dog or Attacked by a Dog? Here’s What to Do Next

Bit by a Dog or Attacked by a Dog? Here's What to Do Next

As dog attack injury lawyers who also happen to love dogs, we have seen firsthand that being bit by a dog or attacked by a dog can be a terrifying, traumatic and painful experience.  

Victims of dog attacks suffer emotional, financial and physical distress and injuries, and often they don’t know that they can be compensated for their injuries. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack in Georgia it’s important that you know the steps you can take to both protect your rights and claim for compensation resulting from the attack.   As dog owners, we all agree that dogs should not attack people.

At Cheves Briceno, our personal injury and immigration lawyers with offices in Norcross, Columbus, and Braselton, GA, are here to help you navigate this challenging situation of a dog attack and help you pursue the justice you deserve.

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Understanding the Types of Injuries Suffered in Dog Attacks

Dog attacks can result in a wide range of injuries, varying in severity from minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening wounds. Some common injuries suffered in dog attacks include

Puncture Wounds

Dogs have sharp teeth that can cause deep puncture wounds, which may become infected if not promptly treated.

Lacerations and Abrasions

A dog’s claws and teeth can cause cuts and scrapes, leaving victims with painful wounds that may require stitches or sutures.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Dog bites can damage muscles, tendons, and ligaments, leading to sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries.

Fractures and Broken Bones

The force of a dog attack can result in broken bones, particularly in the hands, arms, and legs.

Emotional Trauma

In addition to physical injuries, victims often experience psychological trauma such as anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Where Dog Attacks May Occur and Potential Claims

Dog attacks can occur in various locations, including public parks, residential neighborhoods, and even private property. Depending on the circumstances of the attack, there may be potential claims against the dog owner or the premises owner/renter. For example

Dog Owner Liability

In many cases, dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. If a dog attacks someone while off-leash or without provocation, the owner may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.

Premises Liability

If the dog attack occurs on rented or leased property, the landlord or property owner may be held responsible if they were aware of the dog’s aggressive behavior and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the attack.

Critical Steps to Take After a Dog Attack

Seek Medical Attention Your health and safety should be your top priority. Even minor dog bites can lead to serious infections if not properly treated.

Report the Dog Attack

Contact local law enforcement or animal control to report the dog attack. They can document the incident and investigate any potential violations of animal control laws.

Gather Evidence

Take photographs of your injuries, the scene of the attack, and any visible signs of the dog’s aggression, such as broken leashes or warning signs.

Identify Witnesses to the Attack

Collect contact information from any witnesses to the dog attack who may be able to provide testimony about what happened.

Contact the Experienced Dog Attack Attorneys at Cheves Briceno

If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, it’s essential to seek legal representation from a skilled personal injury lawyer who can protect your rights and advocate for your best interests.

Types of Recovery for Dog Attack Damages and Injuries

Victims of dog attacks may be entitled to various forms of compensation, including

Medical Expenses Coverage for emergency room visits, doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and other medical treatments related to the dog bite injuries.

Lost Wages Compensation for income lost due to missed work during recovery, as well as potential future earnings if the injuries result in long-term disability.

Pain and Suffering Damages for physical pain, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life experienced as a result of the dog attack.

Scarring and Disfigurement Additional compensation may be available for visible scarring or disfigurement resulting from the dog bite injuries.

Call Cheves Briceno if You have been Injured in a Dog Attack - Call Now!

If you’ve been injured by being attacked by a dog, don’t wait to seek help from the experienced legal team at Cheves Briceno.  Like most Americans, we hold dogs in our heart and know how special they are, but it is most often the negligence of a dog owner or property owner that requires justice for victims of dog attacks. We understand the complexities of these cases and are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured victims. Contact us now for a free consultation about your dog bite or dog attack injury, and let us help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

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