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What do I do if a dog bites me?

Every year thousands of people across the nation are bitten or badly injured by a dog and/or other animals. While some of the injuries may not be serious, some of them can be very bad and require surgical intervention to repair wounds or, worse, the victim is killed. Dog bites happen more often than you would expect.

If you have been attacked by an animal, make sure to seek medical care, no matter how small you think the injury may or may not be. Also, if possible, attempt to get information about the animal and the owner. While that may not always be possible, if you can try to get a picture of the animal and/or owner, someone may recognize them later.

It’s important to try and identify the owner and dog because you may then be able to determine if the animal was vaccinated for rabies. If you do not have an answer to that question when the doctor asks if the animal was vaccinated, you may end up having to endure painful, but protective rabies shots. It is also a good idea to consult with an experienced Austin dog bite attorney to find out what your legal options are in your situation.

You may wonder why you would need an attorney for a dog bite when you just need to file a claim for damages against the animal’s owner and the owner’s home insurance. But these claims are complicated.

First, you need to remember that the insurance company is not your friend. The insurance company’s goal is to pay you as little as possible. And you probably don’t know enough about the law to know your rights so that you can fight back at them to get the amount you’re entitled to receive.

Beyond that, the insurance company isn’t always completely truthful to victims of dog attacks. For example, insurance companies frequently offer you a settlement amount, which might sound good, but they don’t explain that you might have to use that money to pay back your health insurance company for any benefits the health insurance company paid.

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