Dog bites have the potential to cause severe, disabling, and even life-threatening complications in victims. That’s why it’s important to take every dog bite seriously, whether it results in a seemingly minor cut or laceration or a deep puncture wound or contusion.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk dog bite lawyer knows that most canines are harmless and friendly. But dogs can bite without warning—including dogs that have no history of aggression. Many dog bite victims are in shock after being bitten, and they may delay taking the necessary steps for protecting their health and their rights to compensation.
Take these three important steps after a dog bite:
- Get medical treatment – Dog bites can cause serious bleeding and put victims at risk of infection and nerve damage. In some cases, dogs may even carry deadly diseases like rabies. Getting treated right away protects your health and creates a record of your injury.
- Get contact information from the owner of the dog that bit you – To pursue a dog bite claim, you must be able to locate the dog’s owner. You may be able to get contact information from the owner himself or from witnesses who saw the bite occur.
- Get a lawyer – The sooner you have a law firm working on your case, the better your chances will be of getting maximum compensation. The insurance company may begin working on its defense immediately, and having a lawyer on day one can help tip the scales in your favor.
Don’t let your rights go unprotected. Call us today for a free consultation from an experienced lawyer who knows dog bite laws in Virginia.