Our Lawyers Assist People Injured by Animals
In addition to causing emotional and psychological trauma, dog bites and animal attacks can cause disease, serious personal injury, and even death. According to the Center for Disease Control, there were 452,427 victims of non-fatal dog bites in 2000 alone.
If you have fallen victim to an animal attack, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Since time limits and issues of liability can affect your settlement, it is important that you contact an experienced lawyer immediately to sort through the legal ramifications of your case. The attorneys at Massey and Duffy, PLLC, are skilled and experienced to handle your case and help you receive compensation.
Important Steps to Take After an Animal Injury
- Call a first responder – Even if you think it is not a major injury, it doesn’t matter. An untreated bite can lead to rabies, or other serious infection that could end up as an amputated limb. Even a scratch from a claw can lead to serious diseases. You must receive treatment for the injury immediately.
- Determine who owns or controls the aberrant animal – Make sure the person or persons responsible for the dog are on notice, so they can take steps to secure the animal, or quarantine it.
- Identify the liability insurance company providing potential coverage – This is crucial. As discussed, there may be more than one policy of insurance. In some cases, your own insurance may provide potential coverage for your wounds.
- Call the local city and county animal control agents and police, and lodge a complaint – The county police, or city animal control officer may want to collect the animal and place it in the pound, pending testing for mange, rabies, etc. Law enforcement may even find that the animal has attacked others, and declare it a danger, and even order it to be destroyed.
- Preservation of Evidence – It is crucial to gather photographs of the attack location: holes in fences that dogs escaped through, the names, addresses and phone numbers of percipient witnesses, and anything else that tends to prove or disprove who controls the animal. Pictures can also help create a visual record of your trauma and the healing process; from the first bite wound image, the stitches, all the way down to the remaining scars. Make sure not to wash the clothing or shoes you wore. Instead, bind them up as separate items in sealed containers. These items can assist a jury in determining liability and damages in your potential dog bite lawsuit.
Our attorneys will provide expert legal counsel to determine whether you have a case, help you meet the statute of limitations, and devise a litigation strategy. Our skilled lawyers have the expertise to settle your claim effectively, often without having to go to court. Your attorney will research the animal’s history, provide key information to insurance adjusters, and obtain employment information crucial to recovering lost wages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an animal attack, contact Massey & Duffy, PLLC, today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.