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Critical steps to take after dog bite injuries

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2020 | Animal Bites

The ramifications of dog attacks can be considerable, with significant financial, legal and medical consequences. Victims of dog bite injuries who are unsure of their legal rights to recover damages may be uncertain of the critical steps to take after a dog attack. New Jersey is one of the states with a “strict liability” law when it comes dog attacks.

Although medical care is critical, it is essential to exchange information with the dog owner, if possible. Even if only contact details are exchanged at first. The victim can get further information later, such as the dog’s vaccination history. It is crucial to know whether the dog’s rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Dog bites, especially puncture wounds, are dangerous and require prompt medical attention. Puncture wounds can become infected quickly, and the risk increases if there is a question about the rabies vaccinations. If possible, it might be a good idea to photograph the injuries before they are treated, which may help to document damages for any ensuing legal claims.

Noting the details of any witnesses could also be helpful for insurance or personal injury claims. Securing an attorney’s services with extensive experience in dealing with insurance and legal claims on behalf of victims of dog bite injuries in New Jersey might be a good idea. A lawyer can explain the intricacies of the strict liability law and assist with calculating and documenting the financial consequences such as medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering to include in any personal injury claim filed against the dog owner.