The number of dog bites that occur in the United States each year is 4.5 million, and approximately 800,000 victims of dog bites need immediate medical attention after the attack according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as seen in the Canine Journal. Irrespective of the fact that well-trained dogs provide an undisputed level of loyalty and companionship, we cannot ignore the fact that when they attack, the consequences can be extensive. If you were bitten by a dog, a Beaumont dog bite lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. To see how this is possible, contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins at 877-239-4878 to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.
Why Dogs Bite
Before we dive into your potential litigation and how a personal injury lawyer may be able to make a significant impact on your case, let us explore why some dogs bite in the first place. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a dog may bite:
- To defend itself, protect itself or territory, or defend a member of its pack
- If it is startled from behind or awoken from sleep harshly
- As a reaction to a stressful situation or if it is not feeling well
- When it is overly excited during rough play
- If it has a history of abuse and abandonment
Dog Bite Prevention Tips
To prevent a dog attack, implement the following safety measures:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog and attempt to pet it
- Do not encourage a dog to play aggressively
- If the dog growls at you, do not run from it or scream
- During a chase, fall to the ground, curl into a ball and remain motionless
- If you are knocked over by a dog, lie still
- Avoid making eye contact with a growling dog or one that is displaying unusual or erratic behavior
- Do not play with an unfamiliar dog unless the owner is present to control the situation should things escalate
- Report stray dogs exhibiting strange behavior to your local animal control
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Beaumont, call 877-239-4878
What to Do After Being Bitten by a Dog
In the unfortunate circumstance that you are bitten by a dog, take the following steps immediately.
- Seek medical attention: dog bites can lead to serious infections so do not rule out a visit to the emergency room. Even if the bite is small and does not look serious, go to your doctor because if left untreated, it may lead to an infection
- Document the accident: taking this step can play a significant role in seeking justice and recovering damages. To document the accident, file a dog bite report and take pictures of your injuries. You should also collect the contact information of the dog owner, take pictures of the scene of the accident, and collect the contact information of any witness. Also make sure to record your medical bills, expenses related to the accident, and lost income.
- Seek assistance from a Beaumont dog bite lawyer: if you would like to pursue legal action against the dog owner, a personal injury lawyer can help weigh your legal options. The lawyer can also advise you on the laws surrounding dog bites and how much your case may be worth. To take this step, contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins at 877-239-4878.
If you could not take any of the above steps following the accident, do not worry. Once you hire us, we may take all the necessary steps needed to bring a claim against the negligent dog owner.
What to Do if You Cannot Seek Medical Care Immediately
According to Healthline, one in five dog bites requires medical treatment. But sometimes, the circumstances surrounding the accident may not permit you to see a doctor immediately. So, if you cannot see a doctor right away, take the following steps.
- Wash the wound with mild soap and rinse with warm water
- Slow down the bleeding by gently pressing a clean cloth over the wound
- Apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the wound
- Wrap the wound with a sterile bandage
- See your doctor to examine the wound as soon as possible
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Hiring Loncar Lyon Jenkins
When you hire us, we may be able to establish liability to seek compensation for your injuries. In most dog bite cases, the liable party is typically the dog owner. How we hold them responsible for your injuries is through:
- Strict liability: here, if the dog was not provoked in any manner but proceeded to attack an unsuspecting individual, the owner can be held liable for the damages their dog causes.
- One-bite rule: liability can be imposed on the owner if they knew their dog was aggressive or dangerous but failed to take the appropriate steps to prevent the dog from harming an innocent third-party.
In addition to determining liability, we may also:
- Investigate the accident by contacting witnesses, verifying if the dog has a history of aggression, and reviewing your accident report and medical records
- Work with the insurance company and defense party to get you the settlement that is appropriate for your injuries and suffering
- Protect your rights and explain your legal rights to you
Contact our Beaumont Dog Bite Attorneys today
Working with Loncar Lyon Jenkins
Our law firm is no stranger to recovering damages for dog bite victims. If you hire us, we will assign a Beaumont dog bite lawyer to your case who is not afraid of protecting your rights and going toe to toe with the insurance companies. When we work for you, our goal is to recover all the applicable economic damages such as lost income and medical expenses and non-economic damages, as well. To learn more about our defense strategies, contact us today at 877-239-4878.