Dog Bite Lawyers in Atlanta
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Many Americans are not aware just how common dog bites are in our country. Each year, several millions of individuals are bitten by dogs who have not been watchfully guarded by their owners. Even though not all of these attacks have lasting consequences, thousands of them do end up in the emergency room. Not only do the victims endure severe physical pain, but the horrific nature of a dog bite often leads to long-term scarring, both physically and emotionally. Some cases even end in tragic fatalities.
If you or a loved one have recently faced such an ordeal, quickly get in touch with our attorneys so we can establish a powerful case for your retribution.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Dog Bite
The most important thing to do after you have been bitten by a dog is to make sure that you have proper medical attention, since bites are often not only excruciatingly painful, but can quickly lead to infection. As soon as medical support is on its way, it is critical to get information about the dog and the owner, or you might not be able to get the full amount of compensation you deserve. If there are any witnesses nearby, ask them to help you record critical information.
Some of the facts you will want to gather as soon as possible include:
- The name and address of the dog’s owner
- Information about the dog owner’s insurance company
- The dog’s record of vaccinations
- Photos of your wound immediately after the attack and in the following days
- Images of your location
- Testimonies of any witnesses and their contact information
What Can You Recover After a Dog Bite?
Because every case is different, it is impossible to predict the exact figure you will be able to obtain without our lawyers carefully analyzing the details of your individual claim. However, there are generally certain kinds of damages that most victims of vicious dog bites are able to seek. You are not limited to claims for current medical bills — any future costs incurred for rehabilitation, medicines, and therapeutic treatment, both mental and physical, can be recovered too. Surgery for scarring can cost an exorbitant amount, so it is important to include this in a claim as well. If you have lost wages from missed work, or even lost a job which requires an active physical role that you cannot sustain in your condition, it is important to claim for this.
The Importance of Calling Our Attorneys Following a Dog Bite
Although most dog owners will have insurance, it is critical to avoid talking to these adjusters when they call after you have suffered a bite. While you can take down their name, telephone number, and address, it is critical to never discuss either the claim or possibility of settlement, or even set up a potential meeting.
Instead, immediately get in contact with our dedicated legal team. Big insurance companies will be doing everything they can to limit the amount of compensation you receive. They will attempt to use anything you say to suggest that you were at least partially at fault and do not deserve full compensation. In order to support you in gaining the compensation you deserve for all your pain and suffering, reach out to our dedicated dog bite lawyers in Atlanta for rigorous advocacy.