What to Do After an Animal Attack
Representing Victims of Dog Bites in Hudson Valley
The first thing you should do if you or a loved one has suffered any type of dog bite or animal attack is to seek medical attention immediately. There is nothing more important than your well-being and you need to be sure that you receive proper medical treatment for your injuries.
Next, you should contact the police and report the incident. Be as detailed as possible in your conversations with them. Be specific about the date, time, place and circumstances of the attack. If possible, take photos of the injuries to include with the police reports. If police tell you to contact animal control or other agencies, follow through on their instructions as soon as possible.
Protect Your Rights
Once you have received urgent treatment for your injuries and have reported the incident to the proper authorities, you should next contact an experienced Newburgh dog bite attorney. New York law is very specific in these cases and the process can become complicated.
At the Dreyer Law Offices, PLLC, we begin our investigation of your case immediately so we can gather and preserve the necessary evidence.
We take the following steps when necessary:
- Hire investigators to look into every possible aspect of your case
- Take photographs of your injuries
- Document the scene of the attack
- Get an assessment of the dog or pictures
- Talk to neighbors as well as local authorities such as police and Animal Control Officers
- Check veterinary records
- Gather documents from the police and Animal Control Officers
Do not discuss any aspect of your case with an insurance company representative and do not sign any documents. Refer anyone who wants to discuss your case directly to your attorney. Insurance companies will send out their investigators to gather evidence in an effort to reduce their exposure to you. In most cases, the insurance company is not your friend and their request to speak to you should be immediately directed to an attorney working for you and not the insurance company.
What to Do When You Know the Dog's Owner
Many dog bites occur in the homes of friends or family. Victims may be hesitant to involve a lawyer because of the friendship and/or familial relationship between the injured party and the dog's owner. While the hesitancy to seek a recovery against a close friend or family member is understandable, an injured person must realize that foregoing a claim against the responsible party may very well leave the injured party in a less than desirous position.
You may be wondering who pays when a claim is made for a dog attack. The responsible party has the obligation to pay, but in the vast majority of cases, the responsible party will have insurance to cover the loss. When an insurance company is involved, the responsible party will not have to pay the claim out of pocket and the responsible party is almost never in jeopardy of "losing their home" or other issues because of the claim.
Not Sure what Steps to Take Next? Call (845) 208-8512.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite and are faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to proceed with a claim against a close friend or relative, contact our firm so that we can assist you in making this decision. While foregoing a claim with minor injuries may make sense, when serious, life-altering injuries are involved, you need to speak with a dog bite lawyer in Newburgh before making your decision.
Contact us today to discuss your case with the Dreyer Law Offices, PLLC. Our team is available to meet you at our office, your home, or even the hospital. Reach us at (845) 208-8512.