Dog owners are legally obligated to control their animals and prevent damage to person or property. Even so, over two million injuries in the United States each year are caused by dog bites...and many of those victims are children.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself, physically and legally:
Do what you can to defend yourself and to stop the animal from attacking. In most states, you are authorized to defend yourself by whatever means necessary.
Report the attack to your local animal control authorities and to the police.
Record the name, address and telephone number of the owner and of any witnesses.
Seek medical attention immediately. (And remember that dog owners are required to keep accurate records of rabies vaccinations.)
Keep detailed records of any medical bills so that the reimbursement process proceeds swiftly.
Our legal team has represented the victims of physical, cosmetic and emotional damages caused by injuries from animals for over 35 years. Call us today toll free at 1-888-514-1100 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Legal advice is just a phone call away!