Why should I contact a lawyer? Can't I just deal with the insurance company on my own?
A victim seeking compensation from an insurance company without the benefit of experienced legal counsel places the claimant at a distinct disadvantage in the negotiating process. Insurance companies would prefer to resolve claims with victims who have yet to consult with an attorney, and the reason for this is obvious: a dog bite victim who is represented by a an experienced law office will generally receive a more just recovery than those paid to victims who represent themselves. The claims process and the laws that guarantee the rights of injured people to be compensated for injuries caused by the negligence of others are technically complex. To assume that the legal process can be successfully navigated by persons lacking any formal legal training is a mistake which should be avoided.
Dog Bite Checklist
What to Do if You're Attacked
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Take photographs of the wounds
- Call 911 or animal control to report the incident
- Take photographs of the dog (if it's safe to do so)
- Gather information about the dog owner (name, address, phone number, insurance info)
- Contact an experienced dog bite attorney