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What to Do If You Were Bitten by a Dog You Work With

Working with dogs can be extremely rewarding. However, because dogs can be unpredictable animals and they may attack or bite for no apparent reason. Dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite can be challenging, especially if you need emergency medical care. Dog bite claims that involve your place of employment can be particularly complicated, so it’s important to consult with experienced dog bite attorneys to learn about your legal options.

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Situations Where Workers Can Be Bitten by Dogs

Many people work with dogs on a daily basis. The most common examples are people who work at animal shelters or humane societies, or people who train service dogs such as law enforcement training K-9 officers.

Workers’ Compensation

Anytime you are hurt at work – be it by a dog or some other way – you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may cover some of your lost wages as you heal and may reimburse medical expenses that are related to the injury. However, workers’ compensation doesn’t cover everything and you may still be left in a financial bind even after obtaining benefits.

Was Your Place of Employment Negligent?

You may have a case against your employer if they were negligent in a way that directly resulted in your injury. If, for example, your place of employment failed to properly train you on how to handle dogs or they failed to keep a dog known to be aggressive under strict supervision, they may be able to be held liable for your injuries if you were bitten.

When to Contact an Attorney

If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite while on the job, it’s important to know your rights. Contacting an attorney who has experience in dog bite claims is key. Your lawyer can examine the evidence available in your case to determine if your employer – or someone else – can be held liable for the damages you received as a result of your injury.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for legal help after a dog bite. Dog bite law can be complicated and much of it is based on case law determined by verdicts on dog bite cases that occurred before your own. You don’t have to navigate the complex world of personal injury and dog bite law alone.

At Mazow | McCullough, PC, our dog bite attorneys can help you explore the possibility of obtaining compensation for your injuries and suffering through a dog bite claim. Call today for a consultation at (855) 693-9084 or (978) 744-8000.

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