Animal attacks produce great injuries to people of all ages. Every year, there are more than 4.7 reported vicious dog attacks around the country. Many people automatically fear the larger dogs due to their reputation and size, however, many small dogs can have quite the ferocious temper. They can inflict massive wounds despite their petite dimensions. Smaller dogs are a bigger threat to small children. If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, you need to know that you have rights. A dog’s owner is responsible for that animal and their conduct. You can seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
What To Do When You Have Been Attacked
The first thing you should do when you have been attacked is get prompt medical attention. Even if it is only a small surface wound, you need to have documentation of the incident. Many people come to our law office with repeated problems with the same animal. Having a trail of paperwork can be helpful. If you have a dog in your neighborhood that is problematic, you need to contact the proper authorities. The dog warden can help if a dog is not on its leash or it is not being taken care of properly.
Talk to the dog’s owners about your worries. If the dog’s owner does not listen to your concerns, you can get the police involved, and as a last resort, you can take them to court. They have an obligation to keep their dog secured according to the area laws. Suffolk County has very specific laws regarding dogs and their confinement. You cannot let your dog run free. Leashes and tie outs are appropriate to ensure that no one gets hurt. Additionally, if the dog is an aggressive breed, like a pit bull, a special license to handle may be required.
How To Protect Yourself Against Dogs
Some think it is a gray area to use force to protect yourself against an animal. Though, a human life always supersedes a pet. If the pet is beloved and you wound it, the other party may try to sue you. However, the United States Postal Service carriers often use mace to help keep them safe. In most cases, a little bit of pepper spray in the face can get their attention off of you and allow you to escape. Violent behavior towards dogs, such as shooting at them, can be seen as criminal behavior in Suffolk County. It is best to let the authorities handle difficult pet/owner situations.
Dealing With The Aftermath of a Dog Bite
Many people fear diseases like rabies, nevertheless, the chances of getting rabies from a dog bite are slim. However, a nasty dog bite can cause muscle damage, paralysis, and even nerve damage. A dog’s mouth has thousands of germs that transfer from their mouth into your skin. If the teeth break the skin, these germs go into the bloodstream. Yes, a dog bite can make you sick. In some cases, dogs can become so aggressive that they take a life. In these cases, we would file a wrongful death suit against the owners. The degree of a dog bite ranges from minor to debilitating, and each case needs a unique strategy to get the compensation you deserve.
Taking Your Case To Court
When you seek our help for a dog bite, we file a petition with the court on your behalf. We seek compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, disfigurement, medical bills, and other costs associated with your injury. Since it was the dog’s owner’s responsibility to control their pet, we sue them for the damages. Most homeowner’s insurance policies pay for damages caused by dog bites. Consequently, when it comes to the larger dogs, if a special permit was required and not obtained, the insurance company can refuse to pay for any damages.
Regardless of who is responsible for payment, we will ensure justice is done. Call us today for a free consultation. When you or a loved one have experienced a dog bite, you need medical attention and legal help. We take each case seriously, and we want you to have your day in court. It was not your fault you were attacked, and we stand beside you throughout the trial. As Suffolk County dog bites lawyers, we will use our vast knowledge of this legal area to help you win!