What to Do after a Dog Bite

What to Do after a Dog Bite

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for over one-third of all homeowners' liability claim dollars paid out in 2021, costing $881 million. An analysis of homeowners’ insurance data by the III found the number of dog bite claims nationwide increased to 17,989, compared to 17,567 in 2020, or a 2.2 percent increase.

Experiencing a dog bite can be a frightening and painful ordeal, but it is important for people to take immediate action to protect their medical and legal interests. Here are six tips for dog bite victims:

  • Stay calm — Although it can be a scary situation, try to remain calm and composed. Panicking may escalate the situation further.
  • Seek immediate help — If the dog bite is severe, call 911 or seek emergency medical assistance. For minor bites, clean the wound thoroughly and promptly seek medical attention to prevent infection and ensure proper treatment.
  • Gather information — Collect important information such as the names and addresses of witnesses, the dog owner, and anyone responsible for the dog at the time of the incident. Taking photos of your injuries can also be valuable evidence for your case.
  • Report the incident — It's important to report the dog bite to the local animal control commission or relevant authorities. This helps document the incident and ensures the appropriate actions are taken to prevent future incidents.
  • Follow your doctors' orders — It's crucial to follow up with all recommended medical appointments and adhere to the treatment plan provided by your healthcare professionals. This will help in your recovery and also provide documentation of your injuries.
  • Obtain legal representation — Consult with an experienced Billings dog bite lawyer who can assess your case, advise you on your rights, and help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Taking legal action may be necessary to reach a fair settlement or obtain a just recovery through the legal system.

Remember, time is of the essence, so it's important to take action promptly. You can find additional tips and resources on protecting your dog bite recovery on our website, and we are available for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your specific situation.

The Montana state dog bite law is found under Montana Code § 27-1-715, which provides that if a dog bites a person without provocation while the person is in a public place or lawfully on private property (including the dog owner's property), the dog owner is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten. This liability applies regardless of whether the dog had a history of being vicious or if the owner was aware of the dog's viciousness.

Additionally, the law states that a person is considered to be lawfully on the owner's private property if they are on the property as part of their legal duties, such as performing a duty required by state or federal laws or postal regulations. They are also considered lawfully on the property if they are invited or permitted to be there by the person who possesses or owns the property.

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If you have suffered injuries because of a dog bite, there is a good chance that you are entitled to compensation. To schedule a free case evaluation with a dog bite attorney in New Orleans, call our office today or contact us online.