The recent incident involving a toddler and Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo has brought the issue of animal ‘attacks’ into the national spotlight. Every year, thousands of Americans are bitten by animals — most often dogs. Many of these dog bite victims have a legal right to recover damages from the animal’s owner or another responsible party.
If A Vicious Dog Bites You
If you are bitten by a dog, the first thing you need to do is write down the name and phone number of the dog’s owner or the name of a witness who can provide you with that crucial information. Next, and without delay, seek immediate medical attention. An untreated animal bite, especially from a rabid dog, can lead to serious injury, infection, and even death. You can bring your medical evaluation and reports to an experienced dog bite attorney who will be able to tell you whether you have a legal claim, and how much financial compensation you may be able to recover.
It is important to have the contact information of the dog’s owner, as you may want to file a claim against the owner with the help of an attorney.