Dog Bite Lawsuits in Washington DC
Washington DC Personal Injury Lawyer
Thousands of people in the United States suffer animal attack injuries
every year. Most of these incidents involve dogs, and the majority of
victims are children. Dog owners are liable for the actions of their pets,
which means you can take legal action after a serious dog bite. In Washington
DC, dogs are not allowed in public areas unless the owners secure them
on a leash. (Dog parks are an exception to this rule.)
If a dog bit you, seek financial compensation for your injury with the help of a Washington
DC dog bite attorney at Simeone & Miller, LLP.
Steps to Take After a Dog Attack
Identify the dog’s owner / handler and
seek immediate medical attention. If you are able, find the person who was in charge of the dog when it
attacked you. If you can’t find the owner, you may need to undergo
precautionary treatment for rabies. If you sustained or witnessed a serious
dog bite injury, call 911 immediately.
File a report with the proper authorities. Once you’ve received appropriate medical
attention for your injury, you can file a report so the dog’s behavior
goes on record. If the same dog attacks someone else, this file will demonstrate
the dog exhibited aggressive and dangerous behavior in the past.
If you can,
get more information about the dog. Using its license information, you can see if the dog has attacked other
people in the past and if it is already labeled as a dangerous or potentially
dangerous pet. Depending on the nature of your case, these facts may help
you recover full and fair compensation for your injury.
Contact a lawyer. As with any type of personal injury claim or lawsuit, you have limited
time to seek compensation for your dog bite. Speak with a lawyer as soon
as possible to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.
At Simeone & Miller, LLP, we offer
free consultations, so call our office now to schedule yours with our team.
Contributory Negligence and Your Dog Bite Case
Washington DC is a contributory negligence state. Contributory negligence
refers to any action (or inaction) from the victim that could have caused
or contributed to his / her injury. Teasing or antagonizing a dog right
before it bites you may count as contributory negligence, depending on
the details of your case.
The law is not lenient when it comes to contributory negligence; if the
defense shows you somehow contributed to your injury, you could be barred
any compensation – even if the dog’s owner was responsible too.
This is why it is important to work with a skilled
personal injury attorney. Without legal guidance, you may not get the recovery you need.
If you suffered an injury in an animal attack, speak with a Washington
DC dog bite attorney from Simeone & Miller, LLP for the hard-hitting
legal guidance you need.