Minnesota What To Do After a Dog Bite Attorney

Have you been bitten by a dog and are now scared and afraid?  Has your dog bite injury forced you to change your lifestyle so you do not run into another dog again?  If this sounds like you, contact Tarshish Cody  and we can help you work through your dog bite case.

When you suffer from a dog bite injury, it is imperative to speak to an experienced dog bite injury attorney who can help you protect your rights and maximize your compensation.  You can file a claim against the dog owner, making them liable to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

What do I do after I’ve been bitten by a dog?

  • Positively identify the dog that bit you by getting the dog license number, breed, and the name and address of the owner.  Taking a photo of the dog would be beneficial as well.
  • Take photos of your injury and the damaged clothing.  It is important that you do not wash the clothes as it can be used as evidence in your case.
  • Write down the name and addresses of any witnesses of your dog bite.
  • Seek medical assistance urgently.  A plastic surgeon may be required if you were bitten on the face.
  • Adhere to your doctor’s directions, whether it’s taking measures to reduce scarring, massage the scars or having the stitches removed on schedule.  By not following your doctor’s instructions, it could be used against your compensation claim.
  • Contact a dog bite injury attorney immediately before speaking to anyone about your case.  It is imperative that evidence is collected and witnesses are interviewed before details are forgotten so the attorneys can prove the facts of your claim and the degree of your injuries.  Necessary evidence will be collected by your attorney and they will liaise with the insurance company to ensure you are provided with a fair and appropriate compensation.

What information do I need to collect from the dog owner or insurance company?

  • Name of insurance company
  • Insurance company address
  • Telephone number
  • Claim number
  • Exact name of person insured
  • Insurance policy coverage for medical expenses

After the Dog Bite Injury

It is important that you do not do any of the following when talking to the dog owner or insurance company, after your dog bite injury:

  • Do not let your conversation be recorded
  • Do not discuss the details of your case with them
  • Do not accept any monetary compensation
  • Do not meet with the insurance company or the dog owner
  • Do not correspond with the insurance company
  • Do not let your injury be photographed for the insurance company
  • Do not sign anything from the dog owner, insurance company, the landlord or property owner where the attack occurred.

Refer the dog owner or insurance company to your attorney if you feel pressured at any stage.  Also inform your attorney that you are being pressed for information or cooperation.

Dog Bite Injury Compensation

You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered a dog bite injury:

  • All medical bills related to the dog bite (including ambulance, emergency room, hospitalization, medication)
  • Lost wages if unable to work during recovery
  • Cosmetic surgery or scar reduction treatment, if necessary
  • Torn clothing
  • Broken glasses
  • Therapy to overcome the emotional trauma, if necessary
  • Payment for disability or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering

If you or your loved one has been a victim of a dog bite, it is important to seek legal representation immediately.  Our attorneys at Tarshish Cody specialize in dog bite cases and we can help you file your lawsuit to claim the compensation you deserve.  Contact us today at 952-361-5556 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to speak to one of our attorneys and learn more about how we can help.

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