If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, things begin happening fast as adrenaline kicks in making it very difficult to remember all the things you should do to protect yourself in this situation. Follow this guide: The Steps to Take Immediately After a Dog Bite Attack to make sure you do everything you can to protect yourself.
Beginning the Claims Process
If you've attended to the items on that list and are ready to move forward, it's now time to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner's insurance company for damages. As the dog bite claim progresses, there are steps and procedures we recommend you follow to ensure you receive the full compensation package you deserve.
Document the Process
In most personal injury cases we recommend you begin an in jury journal the day of the incident until your fully recovered. Document all the pain and discomfort you're experiencing as a result of the dog bite attack and any of the ways you're unable to do things as you normally would, like sleep patterns being disrupted or needing rides because you're too injured to drive. Dog bite injuries can involve lengthy physical recoveries and each journal entry helps establish the direct impact the incident is having on your usual routine.
Speaking to the Insurance Company
If the owner of the animal has insurance, you will most likely be contacted by one of their company's representatives. If you have retained legal counsel (which is highly recommended in any dog bite case) direct them to your attorney and refuse to speak with them without your lawyer present. If you forego legal advisement and try and settle on your own, the following information is critical information.
Important things to do:
- Make sure you have the insurance company name, phone number and address correct
- Confirm that you have the correct Claim Number
- Make sure the insurance company's client's name matches your records
- Clarify with the representative the amount of money available to pay medical expenses
- Answer questions 100% truthfully, or answer that you're not sure
- Correct anything in their account that is wrong
Important things NOT to do:
- Do not discuss payment of money or settlement with the insurance company
- Do not provide them with any document or letters
- Do not allow the insurance company to record, photograph, or quote the victim
- Do not hesitate to seek legal counsel if you're intimidated or getting the run-around from the insurance company
Get Legal Representation for Your Dog Bite Injury Claim
Initial consultations are always free so stop by the office and meet Attorney Rosenthal in person to see the difference a winning trial attorney can make for victims of dog bite attacks. Appointments available today.
If you'd prefer to discuss the specifics of your case via phone or email, simply call 303-825-2223 or fill out a form on this website and we'll be happy to assist!