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Common Mistakes Made After a Dog Bite

It is an unfortunate truth that dog bites are a common occurrence in Ohio. If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, it is important to remember that you might be entitled to receive compensation. Unfortunately, the victims of dog bite accidents sometimes make substantial mistakes that create serious obstacles in obtaining adequate compensation.

Failure to Promptly Obtain Medical Treatment

If you are attacked or bitten by a dog, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately. Dog bites can result in a number of serious medical conditions, including rabies. By failing to promptly obtain medical care, you might accidentally end up creating a series of evidence that suggests you were not injured to the degree that you claim. Obtaining the assistance of a medical professional and providing documentation of your injuries and treatment can help ensure that you establish a record or your damages.

Failure to Report the Dog Bite

In an unfortunate number of situations, dog bite victims fail to report to law enforcement that an accident even occurred. A police report can provide important details about how an accident occurred that can improve your odds of obtaining compensation for your medical bills and other resulting damages. Some of the critical details that should be included in a dog bite report are  the name and contact information of witnesses, written statement of witnesses, photographs of the scene of the accident, photographs of the physical injuries, and details about where you were at the time of the attack.

Speaking to an Insurance Adjuster Directly

Some dog bite victims immediately provide information about the attack to the dog owner’s insurance company, but this is rarely a good idea. If you decide to speak to the other party’s insurance company, you should avoid providing a written statement because this can later be used against you. If you do happen to provide a written statement, it is likely that the insurance adjuster will look for ways to weaken your narrative about how the accident occured.

Failing to Obtain an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney

An experienced dog bite lawyer can help you address the numerous challenges that arise when filing a personal injury claim, including dealing with insurance adjusters. An experienced accident attorney can determine the relevant Ohio law in your case, collect the critical evidence of how your accident occurred, and make sure that you have the strongest case possible to obtain compensation.

If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you should not hesitate to obtain the assistance of a skilled dog bite lawyer. Contact Kruger & Hodges today to schedule your initial free case evaluation.

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