A dog attack is a traumatic experience, especially when it happens to a child. We know it’s difficult, but try to remain as calm as possible and make sure the person who was bitten receives immediate medical care.
If the bite breaks the skin, apply first aid and get the victim to an emergency room right away. Although the bite may not seem to be severe, your doctor will determine the best course of treatment and they may wish to provide antibiotics or a tetanus shot.
Collecting Information About the Incident
As soon as the victim has received the necessary medical attention, you will want to start investigating the attack by speaking with the dog’s owner. Although you are obviously going to be upset, try not to be confrontational.
When talking to the dog’s owner, it’s best not to discuss the incident in detail because anything you say may be reported to their insurance company and it could be used against you. Be sure to report the attack to animal control as soon as possible.
You may wish to keep a journal about the incident to help you collect your thoughts. You will also want to take pictures of the injury. Collecting contact information from any witnesses is important. This will make it easier for your Charleston dog bite attorney to conduct their official investigation.
You may want to ask your doctor about the type of emotional counseling they recommend in these cases. And be sure to keep records of any medical care that the victim receives.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
Insurance companies make their money by paying out as little as possible in claims. They will probably offer you a lowball settlement that doesn’t even cover the cost of the victim’s injuries.
Instead of arguing with insurance the company yourself, allow your personal injury lawyer to do the negotiating. Your attorney knows how the calculate the true cost of the attack. Then they will file a claim that includes the following types of expenses:
- Ambulance rides
- Emergency room care
- Doctor’s office visits
- Reconstructive treatment
- Lost wages
Your Dog Bite Attorney in Charleston, SC
When it comes to dog bites, South Carolina is a strict liability state. That means the dog’s owner is liable to cover the cost of the victim’s injuries
Julian Allen is a skilled Charleston personal injury attorney who holds an AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell® rating.
Call Allen Law today at (843) 882-5005 to schedule a FREE consultation if you or someone you love was attacked by a dog. We’ll fight to get you a settlement that pays your medical bills.