The physical pain and suffering of a dog bite can be followed very closely by mental and emotional pain and suffering. While a dog bite can leave you with severe physical injuries, it can also expose you to dangerous canine bacteria. The consequences of a dog bite can also lead to a mountain of medical expenses.
In addition to the medical expenses that will have to be paid after a dog bite, other financial losses may require compensation to cover, including time away from the work you do to support yourself and your family.
A Washington, DC dog bite lawyer can guide you through the process of filing an insurance claim for financial compensation against the negligent dog owner. Reach the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm by calling (800) 794-0444 today for a free case review.
We Are Committed to the Success of Your Compensation Claim
You intend to ensure financial stress is not added to your physical injuries by filing a personal injury claim against the owner of the dog that bit you or your loved one. The owner of the dog that bit you should pay for the medical and related expenses of the dog bite.
Our firm fights with you for the compensation you may be entitled to receive. We do not back down from a challenge or shy away from tough cases. We also represent you on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay out-of-pocket or upfront expenses. We take our fee from any final financial award that you might collect.
When we negotiate an insurance settlement on your behalf, we assign a value to the following aspects of your claim:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disfigurement and scarring
Our team reads and reviews the documents that support your compensation claim, including the dog owner’s insurance policy. We fight hard to see that you receive a financial settlement that covers the expenses and losses the dog bite and its resulting injuries created.
What to Do Immediately After a Dog Bite
If a dog bites you, separate yourself from the dog as quickly and safely as possible. Attempt to obtain contact information from the dog’s owner or the person in possession of the dog when you are bitten, but only if you can safely do so.
If you need help locating and identifying the dog’s owner, our team might be able to help by conducting witness interviews and obtaining police and animal control reports.
These reports might also contain additional information that supports your claim for financial compensation. If the owner let their dog off their leash, DC Code § 8-1808(a)(2) states that the owner can be found liable for negligence even if they did not know of their pet’s violent nature.
As soon as possible, obtain copies of these documents for your records, which you can share with a lawyer if one represents you in your pursuit of compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Washington DC, call (800) 794-0444
Dog Bites Can Lead To Costly Treatments
It can be tempting to approach or attempt to pet a cute dog. Before doing so, ask the dog’s owner for permission. A responsible dog owner should warn you if their dog is shy, fearful, or dangerous.
If you or a family member suffer from a dog bite in Washington, DC, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends seeking immediate medical care. Your wounds might also require one or more of the following treatments:
- A thorough cleaning to prevent infection
- Immediate wound care
- Puncture and wound closure as needed
- Rabies and tetanus infection prevention
Whether you are bitten by a neighbor’s pet or by a dog you meet in a dog park, prompt medical care is essential. If you have not seen a doctor for your dog bite wounds, it might be a good idea to do so now to evaluate your injuries.
Another important step is identifying the dog and its owner to obtain vet records and learn about the dog’s immunization records—especially whether their rabies vaccine is up to date.
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Dog Bites Can Cause Severe Infections
When a dog bites you or a family member, the strength of the bite and of the dog’s teeth can easily break your skin and lead to deep punctures and ragged wounds.
In addition to the immediate physical damage, potential long-term treatments might be needed to avoid possible death from rabies infection. The Cleveland Clinic lists these other serious infections that can result from a canine bite:
A Washington, DC dog bite lawyer can help you hold the owner of the dog that bit you financially responsible for the costly and extensive treatments your bite injuries might require. Your lawyer can also help you locate and identify the dog owner, assign a value to your claim, and file your claim on time. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case review with a team member.
Your Compensation Claim Has a Time Limit
Do you know how much time you have to file a claim against the owner of the dog that bit and injured you or your loved one? In Washington, DC, Civil Code § 12–301 generally restricts your time to file a claim for personal injury to three years. That time can pass by faster than you think—especially if your dog bite injuries require long-term treatment, cosmetic surgery, or extensive reconstruction.
When our legal team represents you, we can file your claim in accordance with the district’s statute of limitations. Having us assisting you means you are free to focus on healing while we focus on preparing a strong financial compensation case.
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Dog Bite Victims Can Receive Financial Compensation
If a dog bit you or a loved one in a public or private location in Washington, DC, you could have the basis of a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the dog that caused your injuries. A Washington, DC dog bite lawyer can guide you through the financial compensation process and calculate the full value of your claim. Our team can also ensure your claim is complete and filed on time.
Call (800) 794-0444 when you are ready to seek compensation, and a Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team member can help you start preparing your financial recovery claim.