Most dogs are friendly, playful, and caring. Yet there are some dogs that are highly aggressive. There are also some situations in which a normally calm dog may become incensed and attack out of the blue. These situations can happen with any dog breed. If you are attacked by a dog, you have certain rights and responsibilities to ensure that the matter is handled appropriately says the personal injury attorneys at Catania & Catania.
Report the Incident
You have a right to report the incident to the police and/or animal control as soon as it happens, and this is a right you should exercise. If the owner knew that the dog was dangerous and did nothing, they could be held responsible for the attack. At the least, if the dog is a danger to humans it will need to be euthanized or otherwise rehabilitated before it can be allowed back in society. Reporting the incident ensures that this happens and no one else gets hurt. It is your right and your responsibility to report promptly.
Right to Treatment
You have a right to seek medical treatment, even if your injuries appear minor on the surface. Do not let the dog’s owner talk you out of seeing a doctor. It is important that you have your injuries assessed, cleaned, and properly treated. Dog bites can often become infected if they are not treated properly or quickly. You may also need to look into rabies vaccinations if the dog is not up to date on its shots.
Right to Compensation
The owner of the dog must compensate you for your medical bills at the very least. Your medical bills due to their negligence or their dog’s attack should be the responsibility of the dog owner. You may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages if you lost time at work, as well as pain and suffering.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack, contact our Sarasota personal injury law firm today for more information about your rights and how we can help you.