Dogs are basically beloved members of most American households. However, these friendly canines can cause serious personal injuries when left to run loose. If you are a victim of a dog attack, you may pursue a premises liability lawsuit against the dog owner under Texas law.
A dog attack can leave you with serious injuries. Here are important steps you need to take if you are attacked by a dog.
1. REPORT THE ATTACK
It is important that you notify the dog owner of their pet’s attack immediately if they are not already aware of the attack. Additionally, you need to report the dog attack incident to the authorities. This is a crucial step if you intend to pursue a claim against the dog owner for your losses.
2. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
Even a minor dog attack injury can escalate into a life-altering medical condition if left unattended. If there are no clear records on the dog’s vaccination, you may even need to be treated for rabies.
Major injuries from a bite can require extensive healing time, plastic surgery and more. As such, it is important that you seek treatment for your dog bite as soon as possible.
3. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CONDITION
Document your injuries. Photos of the injuries (both soon after the attack and as you heal) can help your claim, and a pain diary can document your struggle to recover. Both can be helpful additions to your medical records when it comes time to pursue fair compensation.
Not many things are as frightening as a dog attack. If you are a victim of a dog attack, it is important that you take immediate steps to safeguard your health, rights and legal interests.