Did you know that injuries caused by dogs are commonplace? Well, they are, just ask a Connecticut dog bite attorney. Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than 1/3 of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2016. The cost was more than $600 million.
As much as we love our dogs the fact of the matter is that dogs are animals that can often be unpredictable. Breed, temperament and how raised and trained play a significant role in a dog’s willingness to bite or otherwise injure people and pets.
There are several areas of the law that involve dog bite and injury claims. An experienced Connecticut dog bite attorney knows the law available to help a victim of a dog bit or other injury caused by a dog. Moreover, an experienced dog bit lawyer knows how to apply the facts and the law for the benefit of the injured client.
Bridgeport, Connecticut attorney Jim Miron has handled many dog bite and dog injury cases over the past two decades. Jim recommends speaking with an experienced attorney for a successful outcome.
Dog Bites Are Too Common
Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States and nearly 1 out of 5 bites becomes infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay, according to The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
In 2016, 42%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred, according to DogBite.org, a public education website about dangerous dog breeds, chiefly pit bulls.
What To Do When Bitten or Injured by a Dog in Connecticut
After being bitten by a dog contact the police. The police should contact the local Animal Control. The Animal Control Officer will investigate determine what happened and whether the dog has had all the required shots. This is important for protecting you from contracting rabies or some other disease or illness. This also will help others in the future who may be bitten by the dog.
After the police release you from the scene you should go to the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital. A proper examination is important. Your wounds will need to be examined, cleaned and stitched if needed. You might need to receive one or more shots or other medicine to ward off infection.
Once you leave the hospital you should take pictures of your wounds and call an experienced Connecticut dog injury attorney for a free consultation. The experienced dog bite attorney knows that it is important to gather evidence quickly while it is still available. If you wait a month or longer, the dog owner could have put up a fence, moved, started keeping their dog inside, etc. It is important that your attorney document the scene of the bite and gather any evidence that can demonstrate what happened leading up to the bite, during, and after it. This includes taking pictures and speaking with witnesses. In short, the sooner you hire a dog bite attorney the better.
Schedule a Consultation With a Dog Bite Attorney in Bridgeport
To discuss your specific case and to have your questions answered, schedule a f446.4766ree consultation with Jim Miron. You can do so by calling 203.339.5991 or toll free at 1.844.44MIRON (1.844.446.4766) or by clicking HERE.