Recently, two male runners were getting ready for the Roadrunner Club’s Winter Series Jingle Bell event when they were attacked by a german shepherd. Both men sustained injuries, even though the dog was leashed at the time of the attack. The men received treatment for their injuries and were given shots for tetanus and rabies.
This latest story shines a light on just how serious dog bites are for victims. While Pennsylvania allows you to file a claim to recover damages for medical expenses, lost income, and more, the steps you take following a dog bite are critical to ensure you secure the proper compensation you deserve.
Locate the Owner
If you file a claim for damages, it is most likely the dog’s owner that you will hold liable. In cases such as the most recent story, when the dog was on a leash and the owner was close by, locating the owner is fairly simple. In other cases though, it is not as easy. If the owner is not nearby, you can ask people such as homeowners in the area if they recognize the dog and if they know the owner.
Eyewitness testimony serves as very important evidence for any personal injury claim you may file. Locate any witnesses that saw the bite or attack and ask them for their contact information so a personal injury lawyer can contact them in the future.
Eyewitness statements are not the only type of evidence valuable to your claim. Pictures are also very useful. Take pictures of your injuries, the dog that bit you, and of the accident scene, which will identify where the attack occurred.
Seek Medical Help
Your health is the most important priority after any accident, including after a dog bite. If you do not seek medical attention, the wound could become infected and your injuries could become worse. Additionally, when you file a claim for damages, you will have to prove the full extent of your injuries and medical documents can provide this evidence.
File a Report
It is important to report all dog bites and attacks to local animal control as soon as possible. Not only will this help prevent other people from becoming injured in the future, but it will also provide you with additional information that could also be useful for your claim. After contacting animal control, you may also learn about the dog’s vaccination status, and whether or not the dog is considered a dangerous dog according to state law.
Call a Dog Bite Lawyer in Pennsylvania
While you can recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and more after a dog bite or attack, it is not always easy. A Philadelphia dog bite lawyer will help you through the process, build a strong case to support your claim, and give you the best chance of recovering the maximum damages you deserve.
At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our knowledgeable attorneys have the necessary experience these claims require, and we want to put that experience to work for you. Call us today at (215) 486-0123 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.