10 Things to Do if an Animal Attack Occurs
Texans love our pets. This is apparent to anyone who has visited one of the many dog-friendly restaurants or bars in Austin or San Antonio, but what happens when a dog bites/animal attacks you? While consulting with a lawyer is always a good idea, the attorneys at Carbin & Shaw have compiled a list of 10 things to do if an animal attack occurs. If you or a loved one are involved in an animal attack, the following may be helpful. Review the list, and if you feel as though you or a loved one may have grounds to obtain compensation from another party, contact the premier San Antonio animal attack lawyers at Carabin & Shaw today.
- If you or a loved one has recently been injured by an animal and has not sought medical attention, you should do so immediately. Not doing so could result in infections and medical complications. Though most pets are supposed to be vaccinated against dangers such as rabies, not all pet owners are the most reliable about getting their animals protected from such issues. Likewise, even if the animal in question has been vaccinated, animal bites can lead to other problems (i.e. infections) that if left untreated could lead to debilitating issues (i.e. loss of limb or nerve damage).
- Immediately report your accident to the police and request a copy of the Police Accident Report. It is vital that the incident be well documented. Without proper documentation, a lawyer will have little evidence to assist you in receiving damages.
- Try to obtain the name, address, and contact information of the animal owner. If complications do arise (e.g. if you suddenly have to rush your recently bitten child to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio) it is vital that an attorney is able to contact the pet owner.
- Try to get the name and contact information of any people who witnessed the attack. Having a third-party to confirm can go a long way in establishing what actually happened.
- Take photographs of the animal that caused your injuries in the location of the accident, if possible. Documentation goes a long way when discussing animal attacks with a lawyer.
- Take photographs of any visible injuries you have suffered as a result of the attack. Again, documentation is key.
- Do not have any communication with the owner of the dog or the owner's insurance company. This is vital. Even just the words, “oh, it’s okay” can be extremely damaging. If you consent to a recorded statement or accept any form of compensation, you may waive your right to claim damages.
- Try to save any clothing that may have been damaged by the animal. Though we certainly do not want you walking around in destroyed clothes, saving them is important to building a potential case (e.g. do not immediately throw away your clothes at one of San Antonio’s many shopping centers).
- Take photographs of any property damage caused by the animal. Again, documentation is key.
- Contact our law offices for a free evaluation so one of our knowledgeable attorneys can review your case at 1.800.862.1260. Having an experienced lawyer go through all of the documentation you have established can help you get back on the way to recovering any medical or property costs you may have incurred.
Following these 10 things to do if an animal attack occurs can go a long way. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or other animal related injury, please contact Carabin & Shaw today. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is never a fee unless we successfully resolve your case. Even if you are not in the San Antonio area, we have staffed offices throughout Texas. If you have any questions about our 10 things to do if an animal attack occurs list, contact us today.