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What to do after a Adelanto Dog Attack
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The initial things to do after being attacked
It is very important identify the animal that attacked you, because if it is a stray and you are not able to identify it, you are facing the potential of needing to undergo treatment for rabies, which can be painful.
Also, if you were attacked by a dog or any wild animal being kept by someone, you probably are entitled to receive compensation by the animal’s owner, and you also may possibly really need that compensation to pay for your medical bills, reimburse you for lost income, cover surgical treatment in the future, and allow you to overcome the discomfort and being affected by your injuries.
After that, get medical help. You will undoubtedly be in very good company, because 1,000 Americans arrive in emergency rooms every day of the year because of animal bites alone! Should you be wounded around the face, insist upon treatment by a plastic surgeon because emergency room physicians are great at keeping individuals alive but not always the best at making stitches and injuries look nice.
After that, you’ll want to follow the instructions of the physician and take all the medications that are prescribed (except for the painkillers, which usually are at your discretion).
You may additionally be directed to remain out of the sun, use sun block, use scar tissue reduction cream, change bandages, go in for follow up treatment, report for removing stitches, massage the recovering locations, etc. If so, do it!
The verdict as to whether or not you will need rabies shots needs to be left to your doctor. Shots are not always needed, because rabies may not be within your geographic area.
Don’t be frightened if your physician tells you that you do not need to have this painful treatment.
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If the dog owner is covered by insurance, you may get a call from an insurance company representative.
Make sure you question him or her for the following information:
- Name of insurance company
- Address of his or her company
- Telephone number
- Claim number
- Name of the individual who is covered
- The amount of money available to compensate medical expenses (not everything, just medical expenses)
Do not do any of the following:
- Do not talk about money, payment of money, repayment, damage value or whatever else including money
- Do not set up a visit
- Do not write a letter or a memo
- Do not allow yourself to be tape recorded
- Do not allow the sufferer to be photographed
- Do not talk about who is liable
- Do not take any money
Actions to protect your legal rights
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A dog bite victim has to do the following things to preserve his or her legal rights:
• Identify the dog. In a very critical situation, this could entail getting and analyzing a DNA sample, which will call for a lawyer’s involvement.
• Get the name and address of the owner of the dog, when possible. When you can, acquire the dog permit information.
• Get the name, address and telephone number of any prospective witnesses. You might have to return to the accident scene, and knock on the doors of nearby residences and businesses.
You should also revisit the scene of the incident several times at the same time at which the incident occurred, because individuals might have a habit of going to the same spots as part of their daily routine.
• Take photographs of all of your injuries, bruises and bloody clothing.
• If possible, attain insurance information from the dog owner.
• If skin was lacerated or more serious, or if the harm was to the facial area, or if the victim is a child, you can and should consult a lawyer for free.
• Get your lawyer started as the facts are fresh! The details of your lawsuit need to be proven; the extent of your injuries need to be recognized.
As apparent as the specifics and wounds may be to you, they will not likely be obvious to an insurance adjuster sitting at a desk in an office building a few weeks or months following your attack.
On top of that, physicians are interested in curing you than proving the nature and level of your injuries to an insurance carrier, so the proper documentation must be asked for from them at the proper times.
Your lawyer will get the necessary facts and keep an eye on your medical treatment, so that the insurance adjuster will understand exactly what happened, and will give you an adequate sum of money, whenever possible.
• Retain your attorney prior to doing any kind of proceeding concerning the dog! The laws of most cities, counties and states allow local authorities to decide whether a dog is unsafe and, if so, the fate of the dog. Often this is known as a “dangerous dog hearing,” but it goes by other names as well.
Because “dog court” procedures may accidentally compromise the victim’s legal rights, she should not speak with animal control authorities until her lawyer compares the city and county ordinances, gains the department’s commitment as to which laws and processes they will be following, and is satisfied that the issues addressed below will be solved fairly.
If the victim obtains a subpoena, her testimony is required, making it even more necessary to immediately seek advice from with a lawyer — because a subpoena must be obeyed, to its letter.
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The victim should never do the following:
• Do not sign anything! Yes, you typically can sign the clinic entry paperwork (provided that you were not bitten in the clinic itself).
However, sign absolutely nothing displayed by any insurance company, the owner of the dog, or the landlord or other owner of the property where the attack took place.
Do not write to, or make a report for, any insurance company, dog owner, or property manager or other property owner.
• Do not hesitate to consult an attorney! There are laws called “statutes of limitations.” They say that you lose all of your rights unless you file a court case within a specific amount of time after sustaining a bodily injury. For that reason, contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
The dog attack victim’s right to a lawyer
A dog bite victim may incur numerous various kinds of injuries and losses, from medical bills and psychological destruction, to loss of the opportunity to gain income in the future because of disfigurement.
A victim may be eligible to get back these losses from another individual and that person’s insurance company, provided that the victim presents the necessary resistant, first to the insurance company and then perhaps in a court of law.
There are two sets of laws the victim must stick to, specifically those spelling out who is liable for the injuries and losses, and those imposing rigid rules of proof and process to identify that liability.
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Parents have special considerations if their kids are harmed.
An injured person and his or her family are not emotionally ready of vigorously enforcing their privileges. The most significant task they face is making certain the victim heals.
In death cases, the family members grieve; it is not going to acquire proof and put together legal briefs.
In cases short of death, the victim and his or her family must be upbeat, so the tendency is to decrease the suffering, even disregard it whenever possible.
Nevertheless, it is there, and it may be there for quite a long time — for good, if wounds turn into ugly scars. Therefore, a vigorous advocate is a necessity.
An attorney with expertise in representing persons with these types of injuries brings value to your lawsuit.
He or she has studied the effects of dog attack injuries, how to obtain the evidence required to completely prove not only what occurred in the past but also what the future effects will be, the strategies and procedures of insurance providers when handling considerable cases like these, and the best way to properly examine these situations to ensure that the victims receive what they deserve.
An attorney with experience has the ability to objectively assess both the strengths and the weaknesses of a lawsuit.
Furthermore, an attorney is the only person who can turn a claim into a lawsuit if you are not being treated fairly. With no threat of a lawsuit, you are at the mercy of the insurance firm.
Furthermore, the treatments often followed by animal control departments in “dog court” hearings could unexpectedly compromise the victim’s rights.
A victim and her family therefore should not start conversations with animal control authorities until her lawyer reviews the city and county ordinances, obtains the department’s dedication as to which laws and processes they will be following, and is satisfied that the matters dealt with elsewhere in Dog Bite Law will be settled fairly.
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The risks of not retaining an attorney
If you are working with the insurance company without an attorney, then, as seriously as you are taking your injuries, the insurance carrier isn’t — you can be assured of that.
Others with equivalent injuries have retained attorneys to present their claims to that very same insurance company.
One point that all those people have in common is an attitude of significance about what happened to them, and a driving need to be sure they are dealt with fairly.
The insurance firm pays the appropriate amount to those people, but not people who don’t take the preliminary step of preserving their rights by keeping a lawyer.
The individual at the insurance firm that you are interacting with (called the “adjuster”) might well appear genuine and sympathetic — a very, excellent person, a caring person.
However, he or she must report to other people you will never talk to: a supervisor, a lawsuits examiner, a regional manager, and lastly the corporate office.
The adjuster is paid a salary and has a family. He or she wants to continue working for that business, and maybe get a raise and a promotion. None of that will be risked for you.
Even if the adjuster wishes to help you, because of some bond which you feel has developed between the two of you, you will not always be handled fairly by the supervisor, claims examiner, regional manager, and corporate office.
They are not familiar with you. To them, you’re nothing at all but an individual with no a lawyer.
You’re not dealing with the adjuster, you are dealing with a faceless corporation, and to that corporation you are nothing but a file, a legal responsibility, a person who wants money that otherwise might be distributed to the investors as profit.
If you don’t retain a lawyer, you’re on your own, against all people at the insurance company, and all of its attorneys.
When was the last time that you heard a happy ending to that story?
The costs of making a claim are generally fairly small, compared to the amount of money that will be obtained. In a normal lawsuit, they might come to between $1000 and $2000.
However, cases that are being put together for trial become very expensive — tens of thousands of dollars.
Fortunately only 2% of lawsuits actually go to trial, so there is no major risk of the fees “eating up” the recovery.
It should be noted that the contingency fee system is exclusively American and that it has been under attack in recent years.
Because it enables ordinary residents to obtain legal help, the corporate world — insurance providers and other industries — has been trying to pass laws to abolish or cripple it.
These laws take many distinct forms, such as an arbitrary limit on the quantity that a victim’s attorney may charge.
Note that only the victim’s lawyer will be subject to any restriction, while the insurance industry’s lawyers would proceed to not only charge their usual hourly rates but also rely upon the huge monetary coffers of their successful clients.
The tort system is available for the advantage of common individuals rather than the interests of the business world, and therefore the system and its critical players (the victims and their attorneys) continually suffer attacks and continually must fight for their rights.
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