We all want to think that all dogs are sweet and loving, but unfortunately, due to poor circumstances, not all dogs are nice. Dog attacks can come out of nowhere, and it is best to be up to date on what to do at the moment, and what legal steps to take next if that happens.
First, be sure to note of the breed and coloring of the dog that attacked if the owner isn’t present and the dog has runoff. Next, call the police and report the incident. The police will guide you through what to do from there.
Access the Damage
If you or your dog is injured, be sure to seek medical attention for your dog. Fully assess the condition of your dog; the owners of the other dog will ultimately be responsible for your dog’s injuries. Injuries from dog attacks, even if seemingly minor, can have serious repercussions. Be sure to seek medical attention for yourself and your furry friend, and document the damage.
Call an Injury Claims Lawyer
Though some might feel that a dog bite or attack isn’t a big deal, but it really is: it could be a serious injury claim. A dog that has attacked multiple times will be classified as a dangerous dog and its owners will be held legally and financially responsible for vet or doctor bills, and if your dog passes away because of the incident, the owner could be held responsible for the cost you paid for your dog.
Avoid Being the Perpetrator
Most of us hope to never be the owner of a dangerous dog. To avoid being the perpetrator in an injury claim case, be sure to follow all leash laws and other rules. Also, if your dog has a tendency to get out of the yard or your house, make effort to solve the problem. Not only do you endanger your dog if he or she gets loose, but also you could become part of a legal altercation.
The Law Offices of Gary Berkovich
If you, your family, or your dog has been involved in a dog attack or bite incident, be sure, of course, to seek medical attention and call the police, as well as call the Law Offices of Gary Berkovich in Riverside. One of our trusted attorneys can guide you through the legal process and provide effective counsel for whatever lies ahead.