They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but all it takes is one anxious or scared pooch to send you to the emergency room. Not only can the bite cause significant pain and impairment, but the wound can also become infected and lead to an ever-increasing pile of medical bills. So what should you do if you’ve been bitten by a dog in Minnesota, and how can you get the compensation you deserve? We answer those questions in today’s blog.
Injury Payments For Dog Bites
A recent study found that dog bite claims fell roughly nine percent nationwide in 2019 compared to last year, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Minnesota still ranks in the top ten in the nation in terms of dog bite claims filed each year, so you need to know how to act in the wake of a dog bite injury to yourself or a family member.
After a dog bite injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Not only will this allow you to have your wounds treated, but it will also ensure they are fully documented by a medical professional, which is important when it comes to filing for compensation. Once your wounds are taken care of, your next step should involve seeking out a personal injury lawyer like Dean Margolis. Odds are you’re going to get some pushback from the dog’s owner and their insurance company, so it’s important to have a professional in your corner when you’re pursuing compensation.
During your consultation with your lawyer, you’re going to want to fully describe the events that led up to the bite and what happened afterwards. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information to your lawyer in hopes that they can verify your claim. Even though a dog bite claim seems straightforward on paper, you’d be amazed at how complicated these cases can be, so having an attorney and witnesses on your side can only help to strengthen your case.
When it comes to getting compensation for your dog bite injury, it’s important to realize that our team gets paid a percentage of your winnings, which means we get a bigger payday by getting you the largest award possible. Our interests are totally aligned, and in many cases we pay for our services many times over by getting our clients a much larger award that they could get on their own. When you consider that a dog bite injury can leave your with permanent scars and lifelong disfigurement and disability, there should be no doubt that you’ll want to pursue aggressive compensation.
Even if it was a fluke incident by a friend or family member’s dog, you need to pursue compensation through their insurance company because you’re going to have your fair share of medical bills. Whether they were intentionally negligent in their ownership of the dog or it was a freak occurrence, you need to put your health first and pursue the compensation you are legally entitled to receive. We’ve helped countless individuals get compensation to help cover their medical bills and their pain and suffering, and we can do the same for you. To learn more about your legal options, reach out to the experienced legal team at Margolis Law Firm today.