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A dog bite injury can turn your world upside down and leave you with outstanding medical bills, painful injuries and maybe even scarring. On top of that, you need to decide how to approach the dog’s owner, who may be someone you know. You may be unsure on what to do next.
Dog bite injuries can be financially damaging. In 2008, there were 316,200 emergency room visits and 9,500 hospital stays. That’s an average of 886 emergency room visits and 26 hospitalizations every day due to dog bites. The Advocates Law Firm is committed to helping you receive compensation to pay for your medical bills if you were bit by a dog.
Reach Out to the Dog Owner
The Advocates Law dog bite lawyers know how stressful these situations are. We understand that it is important for you to receive compensation for your injuries, as well as maintain a good relationship with the dog owner. The Advocates Law Firm will handle your case with sensitivity to protect your relationship with the dog owner. There is no need to attack the owner who may be your neighbor, friend, or even family member.
Keep Records of What Happened
Make sure that you write down the details about what happened before, during, and after the incident. This information will be a valuable resource in your claim. Take pictures of your injuries at each stage of healing- right after the accident and then throughout the recovery process. Additionally, take pictures of any scarring that you may have and keep the pictures or files in a safe place. These will be sent to the insurance company as evidence. Keep track of where you received medical treatment and record what the doctors say about your injuries, including your projected recovery time.
Contact the Responsible Insurance Company
Typically, the dog owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will be responsible to pay out for your pain and suffering. It can be difficult to figure out which insurance is accountable for your case, especially if you are not able to get a hold of the dog owner. This is where the Advocates Law Firm comes in. We have years of experience and know what to do in this situation. Furthermore, we know the tricks the insurance industry uses to get out of paying you the money you deserve.
If you or your loved one has been bitten by a dog, contact an attorney at The Advocates Law Firm for a free consultation. We’ll help you figure out the next steps toward the road to recovery and how to move your dog bite case forward. Our dog bite lawyers serve the entire state of Washington including Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, Everett, Federal Way, Kent, Renton and the surrounding areas. Don’t hesitate- call today!
For more information: https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb101.pdf
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