Dog Bite Attorney 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 through a premises liability claim with the help of a Washington DC dog bite lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP.

Steps to Take After a Dog Attack

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 from receiving 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.