Dogs are extremely popular pets to own. However, it is an unfortunate fact that some dogs are far more aggressive than others. As a result, it is possible for individuals to suffer particularly serious bites from these animals. When you suffer a serious dog bite, it is possible to suffer extensive injuries that require medical care to treat, which can lead to serious medical bills. Luckily, the legal system allows for dog bite victims to pursue damages, but you may need the following few myths about dog bite cases addressed.
Myth: You Can Only Sue For Being Bitten By A Dog If The Bite Happened On Public Property
There is a common misconception among some people that they will only be able to pursue damages for bites that happened on public grounds. However, you should be aware that you may still be able to pursue damages when the bite occurred on private property. This can be especially true if you were invited onto the property by the owner but they failed to control their animal.
Myth: It Can Be Too Expensive To Hire An Attorney For A Dog Bite Case
While the court system allows for individuals to pursue damages resulting from dog bites, it is an unfortunate reality that there are many people that will be leery of hiring an attorney due to fears about the costs involved. Luckily, this does not have to be the case because many personal injury attorneys will not charge their clients for these services unless they are able to collect damages.
Myth: You Will Not Need To File An Accident Report For A Dog Bite
Having an accident report detailing the bite can be an invaluable asset when pursuing damages for these injuries. However, this can be a step that many people will overlook following the bite. To ensure that the incident is properly documented, you will want to contact the local police department. Depending on the regulations of your community, the police may be responsible for preparing these reports, and if they are not, they will be able to direct you to the correct agency for reporting the dog bite.
When you are unfortunate enough to suffer a serious dog bite, you need to have an understanding about your rights in this situation. In particular, it is important to understand that you may be able to pursue damages when these bits occur on private property, the fact that most personal injury attorneys only charge if they are successful in collecting damages and the importance of having a report detailing the bite prepared. Being armed with the knowledge will help you to be better able to protect your rights following this type of injury. For more information, contact a personal injury lawyer at a law firm like Hornthal Riley Ellis & Maland LLP.