In one of our past posts, we discussed Wisconsin’s Dog Bite Statute. Today, we will focus more on the practical aspects of dealing with a dog bite. Following these tips and tactics can help ensure that you preserve your claim and are able to recover for your injury.
Identify the Dog, Dog Owner, and Potential Witnesses
The moments immediately following the bite could be your only opportunity to identify the dog and its owner. Just as if you were the victim of a criminal assault, it is critical to identify your assailant, and in this case, the dog. Determine the breed if possible, and try to identify and remember other identifying characteristics of the dog like color, face shape, eye color, length of hair, and the like.
More importantly, try to identify the owner of the dog. If the owner is nearby, then get their name, contact information, and insurance information.
If there are any people nearby who may have witnesses the attack, try to get their information as well because their observations will strengthen your case.
I reiterate: this could be the only opportunity that you have to get the owner’s information, the witnesses’ information, and identify the dog. Without this information, it will be difficult to recover on your claim.
Seek Medical Attention
Treatment of a dog bite is extremely important after an incident. Go to the hospital. Get treatment. Follow up with the treating physicians as they recommend. Do what is necessary to take care of yourself. Not only is this important for your health and safety, but it is also important to your case.
Do not make statements regarding your Case
This is a blanket rule that will be hard to follow. It is natural and human for people to want to talk about their case, but you should talk to your case with as few people as possible. Of course, it is okay to talk with close friends and family. You will likely have to tell coworkers and your employer if you have to miss work, but try to keep it to a small group.
Avoid posting about your injury to social media, and avoid discussing your case with the insurance company and the defense attorney. Discussing your case with the other side or posting to social media could jeopardize your claim.
Retain a Dog Bite Attorney
To assist you in not talking with anyone about your case, make sure to hire a dog bite attorney in Brookfield or Milwaukee. An attorney will help you in every portion of your case, from discussing your case with the defense counsel and insurance company, to gaining and interpreting medical records, to settlement, lawsuit, and trial.
A good attorney is the expert that gives you that certain expertise and credibility to make sure that you get the settlement or verdict you deserve.