Dog Attacks And Calling The Police
Being bit by a dog or another animal can be an extremely traumatic experience. It is possible the dog bite injury will lead to emotional distress and major physical injuries. It is important to protect your rights when you are the victim of an animal attack.
Calling law enforcement is often an important step to take, doing so means you know key details of the event will be documented properly. To understand what steps you should take after a Pennsylvania or New Jersey animal attack, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney.
Medical and Police Reports
If a person is severely injured, they will likely call 911 right away. After all, they need medical care immediately. Part of making an emergency call is having a police officer arrive on the scene and assess who was involved in the event and how the injury occurred.
Even if the injury is not severe, calling law enforcement could be a good idea in order to protect your interests should you need to file a personal injury claim in the future. A report by law enforcement is an office report. You can obtain a copy and it will contain essential details, such as the exact date and time. It could also list the name and contact information of the dog owner.
A doctor or other healthcare professional should look at your injuries right away so you will have a timely medical record as well. Plus, when injuries are assessed immediately, your healthcare provider can develop a treatment plan to help you heal. Prompt attention could help to reduce the likelihood of the animal bite leading to infection or scarring.
Scarring or Disfigurement Is Possible
Bites to the neck or face can be incredibly painful and leave scars that are impossible to hide. When injuries are extensive, there can be issues with mobility following an animal attack. For example, if a person sustained a bite injury on their dominant hand, they may have trouble with daily tasks they once performed with ease.
Animal bites can result in scarring, which could lead to a victim experiencing emotional distress and requiring cosmetic surgery. The combination of mental health care and surgeries that could be deemed elective by an insurance company can lead to expenses that are far too high for a dog attack victim to manage without damage recovery.
Dog bite injuries can lead to medical fees and lost wages. If you have doctor bills and have missed work because a dog attacked you, talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney about compensation options.
Were you casually walking down a Pennsylvania street when you were bit by an animal that was not being controlled or restrained properly? Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.