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How can you protect your interests after a dog bite?

Are you dealing with physical and emotional trauma after a dog attack? Were you walking or running when another person's pet bit you? You may not be sure what you should do in this type of situation, but you have legal options available to you. In some situations, it is possible to hold Georgia pet owners accountable for the actions of the pets they should be supervising.

There are certain steps you can take that will help you protect your interests after a dog bite. Even the nicest dogs who are used to people can attack or snap without warning. If an animal bit you or caused you harm unprovoked, knowing what to do next can be crucial for any legal action you may take in the future, as well as helping to protect your health after this type of injury.

What's next?

As with any personal injury incident, what you do in the hours and days following the event matter. Some of the following steps can help you pursue the justice you deserve through a personal injury claim: 

  • If possible, exchange contract information with the other party involved. This may be helpful if you need to get the dog's vaccination information or move forward with a claim against the owner.
  • A dog bite can be extremely painful and damaging. It is important to get medical care as soon as possible to make sure you get stitches, if necessary, and avoid an infection.
  • If anyone else saw what happened to you, it is beneficial to get the contact information from witnesses. They may need to speak on your behalf if you need to seek compensation.
  • It might be necessary to contact your local animal control so that they initiate an investigation into what happened. It's possible that the animal has a history of aggression. 

Additionally, it will be helpful to keep any documentation pertaining to the animal attack. From pictures you took of your injuries to your medical bills, these are things that can help validate your claim to compensation.

Don't fight back alone

If you are the victim of a dog bite, you do not have to fight back alone. It is in your interests to speak with an attorney experienced in animal attacks. An assessment of your case can help you understand the specific legal options you have and how you can move forward with the most appropriate course of action.

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