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I was bitten by a dog. Now what?

10/23/2014

Dogs are often described as man’s best friend, but in reality, this isn’t always the case. No matter what the owner tells you, any dog is capable of biting and causing serious injury. Even small breeds can do a lot of damage quickly, and dog bites also carry the risk of infection. Unfortunately, for dog bite victims, the bite is often just the beginning of a series of unpleasant experiences.

Victims of dog bites from animals who are not up to date on their vaccinations may have to undergo painful rabies shot as well as medical treatment for the injury itself. Dog bites frequently occur on the hands and face, increasing the chances that victims will need surgery — sometimes more than one. Medical expenses coupled with time taken off work can add up quickly and result in a serious financial impact to the victim.

Taking the proper steps after an animal attack can go a long way toward ensuring you are as prepared as possible if you choose to file a lawsuit against the owner. First and foremost, the dog’s owner should be found, if possible, and the police notified. This will alert animal control and help determine if the dog is up-to-date on vaccinations or has any prior history of aggressive behavior. The police will photograph the injury and take a statement from you and any witnesses that can be later used as evidence in a personal injury suit.

Boston dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs are kept properly restrained and can be held liable in the event a pet attacks another person. For those who have already been victims ofaggressive dogs or another animal attack, getting more information about the options is a first step toward moving forward.

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