Out of all the accidents that can befall you, you hardly ever think what will happen in case of a dog bite. We tell our children who just learned to drive what to do in case of an accident - where their insurance cards are, who to call, and compensation is easy to figure out. It wasn’t until a family member was bitten by a dog a few weeks ago, that I realised that there is no easy procedure for all accidents that happen to you. We were completely unprepared for a dog bite injury, and although we knew we were entitled to compensation, we didn’t quite know how to go about it. Here are some tips just in case - some things we learned along the way, and all of them I wish I knew before I desperately needed it.
Let us say one morning you wake up for your usual jog and just as you are about to pass the park a dog suddenly decides to attack you. Will you be entitled to dog bite compensation? The answer is yes. A dog bite can be a minor scrape or severe tissue damage. Psychological trauma can also occur whereby you as the victim become anxious whenever you see a dog. The law recognizes this as an injury that you should be compensated for.
After a being bitten by a dog the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment for your injury. The doctor should then issue you with a report that states all the expenses you incurred, the status of the injury and any medical follow up recommendations. A dog bite can result in a bacterial infection, rabies and if left untreated can cause death in some extreme cases. Missing work as a result of a dog bite can make you lag behind your financial schedule so ensure any hospital stay is also documented.
These are the key steps to be followed if you are bitten by a dog:
A dog owner is obliged to keep their dog from situations that may cause it to make a wrongful attack. Failure to this duty they are held accountable for any damages caused by the dog. If it is a stray dog the victim should file a report with the police and seek compensation from the state.
For a dog bite injury claim to be valid the court first ensures that you did not purposely cause the dog to attack you. In such a scenario the injury will be declared as self-inflicted. If it is proved that you provided false evidence you are likely to face a judicial persecution. The second major statute limitation is time, in most states; the claim should be filed in court within and not exceeding one year from the time of occurrence. One year here refers to a 365-day duration. The time taken for your dog bite compensation claim to be settled may be weeks to months. There are several factors that will influence this duration and they include:
A dog bite compensation claim should cover your physical and psychological injuries including all the past and future resultant costs. The most common claims include:
The court calculates the compensation amount by estimating a monetary value to your predicted life before the injury and that of your expected new life after the injury.
A dog offers adorable companionship not to forget its impressive guarding skills which every pet lover can attest to. To ensure your dog does not cause unnecessary injury it is important that you abide by your state’s laws regarding keeping pets. The Animal Control department is under obligation to house stray dogs or put them down when necessary. Everyone has a right to carry on their legal activities without fearing the presence of dogs amidst us.