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What Do I Do If A Loved One’s Dog Bites Me?

Dec 22, 2021 | Dog Bite Accident

If a loved one’s dog ever bites you, you may be wondering what actions you can take without making the situation too uncomfortable. As a personal injury attorney, Kim Welch is here to support you and help guide you throughout your case, whatever the circumstances may be. If you know the person whose dog bit you, you are probably reluctant to file a personal injury claim. It is important to understand your rights, as well as the appropriate actions to take after a dog bite to help heal your injury. Below, the Kim Welch Law team has laid out everything you need to know about what to do if a dog bites you and you know the owner.

Dog Owner’s Responsibility

Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs and must follow the leash and dog bite laws of the state they live in and any state they visit. 

Receiving Compensation For A Dog Bite Incident

Being attacked by a dog is a traumatic experience, and you may be eligible to receive compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. The amount you receive will vary based on the incident and the severity of your injuries. Some of the damages you may be compensated for include:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering

Filing A Claim Against A Loved One

You are mostly around dogs you know because you spend time with your neighbors, friends, and family members who have dogs. Unfortunately, it is much more likely you will be bitten by a dog of a loved one than a stranger’s dog. Pursuing a personal injury claim when you know the owner of the dog can be uncomfortable and difficult, but taking the following steps can help make the process easier.

  1. Talk to the dog owner about their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
    • It is important to find out what insurance coverage is available if you can. Otherwise, leave it up to you personal injury attorney.
  2. Speak to your personal injury attorney.
    • After a dog bite attack, it is crucial to speak with your personal injury lawyer to receive guidance on how to navigate the situation. 

Contact Kim Welch Law For Your Dog Bite Injury

After a dog bite attack, it is crucial to contact our office as soon as possible. Beginning a personal injury claim when you know the dog’s owner can be difficult, but Kim Welch Law will help you throughout the entire process. To learn more about what to do after a dog bite attack, contact our office today.