Have you ever been attacked and or bitten by a dog?
The CDC has recently disclosed the shocking statistics for annual dog bites, recording such instances at an alarming 4.5 million attacks per year. Even though the majority of the dog bites incidents transpire within immediately known family units, it is very common for dogs to attack outside individuals, external to their family units, at local parks, streets, or outside residences. Owner’s negligence is the primary reason for unprovoked dog attacks. Dog bite injuries can vary in be size and severity from small to big and light to serious. Some dog bites can result in potentially life-threatening injuries.
A few dog breeds are even prohibited by the great majority of apartment communities due to the unpredictable nature and behavior of the animal, including sudden fits of aggression and a comprehensive lack of owner's knowledge about the breed’s behavioral disposition in general.
Even in cases where dog wounds may appear small and negligible, they are subject to the greatest likelihood of infection. Severe infection may lead to life-threatening circumstances requiring expensive medical treatment. The CDC states that 1 out of 5 dog bites on average result in infection. The dog may also cause deep puncture wounds, severely torn tissue and ragged edges to an individual’s face, arms and other areas of the body, which may, in turn, increase the duration and severity of pain and suffering incurred.
Depending on the individual case circumstances we will help you receive compensation for your medical bills, plastic surgery for scar reduction, compensation for pain (both physical and emotional) and suffering, as well reimbursement for rehabilitation and counseling costs as result of the dog bite trauma.
In response to dog bite accidents, immediate legal action is a necessary step. Amerberg Law group specializes in dog bite accidents and has over 20 years of experience in this area of practice. No matter the severity of your injury, it is imperative that you consult our attorney. We will help you receive the appropriate compensation and help you physically recover from your trauma by referring you to the best doctors we work closely with. The potential value of your legal case will be advised to you by our outstanding professional team and robust legal representation will be provided to you on all the stages of the process. We can efficiently handle this case for you and negotiate the most beneficial coverage with the dog owner’s insurance company.
What to do in a car accident?
When you get into a car accident, you might be subject to a variety of negative emotions, and frustrations, depending on the severity of the collision. It is important to urgently pull yourself together (if possible) and pursue the following course of action promptly:
- 1. Move to a safe area right away (if you can)
- Move your vehicle / bicycle out of the way in order to avoid creating a scenario in which further harm or damage can be sustained. The road shoulder offers a safe space for you to relocate your vehicle. If your car or vehicle is difficult or impossible to move, due to the circumstances of the collision, it is imperative that you turn on your emergency lights to let other drivers know that you are likely going to be stationed at the site of your collision for an extended period.
- 2. Stop your car and get out of it
- Ensure that your car has come to a complete stop and is no longer moving. This can be done by turning the car off and putting it into park mode or using the hand break if you’re driving a manual. Take a deep breath and look around to make sure your surroundings are safe prior to opening your door and exiting your vehicle. Flares and other safety items may also come in handy in this situation.
- 3. Check on other people
- Walk over to the other parties involved (drivers, passengers, and pedestrians) to make sure they are not hurt. If someone is injured, it is imperative to call 911. A person may be severely injured even if showing no significant external signs o injury other than general dizziness and bruises. It is best to call emergency services to avoid a catastrophic outcome.
- 4. Report to the police
- It is always best to have a police officer arrive to the scene, which will enable you to prove important details in the future when filing the collision claim with the insurance company. Be careful not to immediately admit fault or place the blame on the involved drivers at the scene. It is at the discretion and jurisdiction of the police officer to adequately judge the situation and conclude whose fault it really is. There are cases in which police are not required to arrive at the scene of the accident; this is normally the case when there are no injuries sustained by either party. If you experience this scenario, proceed to simply reporting the accident to your local DMV.
- 5. Information exchange
- Try to gather as much information as possible according to the list below:
- Name of the driver and the passengers
- License plate number
- Insurance information
- All involved vehicles makes and models
- Accident location
- The police officer’s name or badge number
- 6. Documenting the scene
- It is likely that at the time of the accident, you will have access to your smartphone with a functional camera. Use the camera feature on your phone to document the details of the scene by take several pictures of the accident. This will be a resourceful addition to the other claim details.
- 7. File your insurance claim
- All the steps listed above will make the process filing your insurance claim much seamless and stress-free.