Being attacked by a dog is a traumatic experience that can have long-lasting physical and psychological impacts. After an injury, recovering dog bite compensation may be one of your top priorities. However, your reward may end up being far less than you expected if you fail to protect your rights. Allow the experienced Arizona personal injury attorneys at Swenson & Shelley to handle your case and make sure you recover the full compensation you deserve.
Recovering Dog Bite Compensation | After the Injury
At the scene of the attack, you should collect evidence if possible. You can take photos of your or your child’s injuries, the dog that attacked, and the surrounding area. Ask the owner if the dog is up to date on its vaccinations and rabies shot and if the dog has ever bitten anyone before. It’s not a bad idea to get call animal control and get them on the scene so that they can get a report of their own. The more information you can take away from this scene, the stronger your case against this dog owner is going to be.
Recovering Dog Bite Compensation | Common Misconceptions
A common misconception about compensation is that you would be suing the dog owner. Oftentimes, we are at a friend or acquaintance’s house and their dog gets loose and attacks you or your child. You might think that you should not bring a claim against this friend because you don’t want to bankrupt them or punish them. Unfortunately, if they were being careless or negligent, bringing a claim against them is warranted. Also, you would not be directly suing your friend. You would be bringing your claim to their insurance company. These companies exist for this reason and you should never feel like you shouldn’t try to get the compensation that you or your child deserves.
If you or your child has been attacked by a dog, please do not hesitate to call our Arizona dog bite lawyers today to set up your free consultation. We will go over the details of the case, talk about your legal options, and get the ball rolling so that you are set up to have a successful claim.