Attorneys Discuss What To Do After a Dog Bite in Phoenix
Following the right steps after a dog attack is the best way to make sure the victim will get the proper treatment and fully recover from the incident both physically and emotionally.
Dog attacks can be very traumatic, especially when children are involved. Try to remain as calm as possible and immediately dial 911.
Always seek medical treatment for dog bite injuries. If left untreated, dog bites can lead to a serious infection. Make sure to keep records for all medical care including ambulance rides, emergency room treatment, and all doctor’s office visits.
The long-term emotional impact of a dog bite can be severe. You my want to ask your doctor if they recommend any type of counseling in these situations.
If a dog bite breaks the victim’s skin, then anyone who witnesses the attack in Arizona is legally required to report it to county authorities. You can reach Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at (602) 457-6222. Field officers will begin their investigation and inform the dog’s owners about quarantine requirements.
Your dog bite injury attorney will read the victim’s medical records, review photos, interview witnesses, go over the incident report, and consult with experts witnesses if necessary.
In the meantime, you can record the victim’s injuries and the scene of the incident using your cell phone camera. It will also be helpful if the victim and their family members write down as much as they can remember about the incident to help refresh your memory.
You will want to speak with your dog bite attorneys before you talk to any insurance company agents about the dog attack or your injuries. Whatever you do, don’t sign any document before discussing the matter with an attorney.
Begin researching experienced dog bite lawyers, and contact one as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when you are filing a claim for a dog attack. If you are seeking treatment for dog attack injuries, state law dictates you must file a claim within two years of the attack. This is the statute of limitations, meaning that if you do not file a lawsuit within that time, you forever lose your right to do so.
Your chances of a successful claim increase dramatically when experienced and reputable dog bite attorneys represent you. Call our Phoenix dog attack attorneys at (602) 457-6222 for a FREE consultation so that we can discuss your case.
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