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I’ve Been Bitten by a Dog: What Do I Do Now?

What to do after a dog bite injuryYou’ve heard all about national statistics regarding dog bites. You know they happen, and they happen often. You know what types of dogs are most likely to bite you and you know the tolls a dog bite can take on a family, both emotionally and financially.

But what do you do when a dog bites? Can you claim compensation for a dog bite? Do you need an attorney after a dog bites? Consulting with an experienced Massachusetts and New Hampshire dog bite lawyer is the best way to get all of your questions answered and to begin your recovery from a dog bite.

It goes without saying that the first thing to do if you’ve been bitten by a dog is to seek medical attention.  You do not know the extent of the damage or infection, such as rabies, until you’ve been checked out by a doctor or at the emergency room.  You should also contact the police department and animal control officer in the town where the dog resides to make sure that all of the shots are current.

It is also important to know that you should contact an attorney after a dog bite attack occurs as the law limits the time a dog bite victim has to file a claim. If a dog bites you in Massachusetts, a dog owner or keeper is strictly liable for the dog bite injuries a person may suffer, unless the person is trespassing, teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog, under the Mass. General Laws Chapter 140, Section 155.

Common dog bite injuries include puncture wounds around the entire body, neck and facial injuries and scars, emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for you or your loved one’s pain and suffering, medical bills, plastic surgery if necessary, lost wages and emotional distress.

You might ask yourself, “Do I need to hire an attorney after I’ve been bitten by a dog?” An attorney can help you coordinate medical treatment if necessary; speak with the dog owner or keeper; handle all calls to and from insurance companies; fill out and process all of the necessary paperwork; and handle settlement negotiations with the insurance company so that you don’t have to.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, or if you have any questions, contact the personal injury lawyers at Mazow | McCullough, PC for a free consultation. The right lawyer can make all the difference. You can contact us at 978-744-8000 or rem@helpinginjured.com.

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