Animal Attacks in Santa Rosa
In California and across the country, dog bites are the most common “animal attack” injury. Other animal attacks are not unusual, though. Some Californians keep exotic pets, such as snakes, reptiles, birds and even wild animals.
If you or a loved one was injured in an animal attack, it’s wise to talk to a Santa Rosa personal injury attorney who can protect your rights. Contact The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman today for a free consultation.
Severe injuries from animal bites can include nerve damage, injuries that produce significant scarring and poisoning from an animal’s venom. Some serious injuries can result in death, which may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Animal attacks can have a long-term impact on children who are injured, ranging from physical problems related to orthopedic injuries to psychological problems due to the trauma of being injured by an animal.
DETERMINING LIABILITY IN AN ANIMAL ATTACK
The medical treatments and procedures that might be necessary to physically restore you to health after being attacked by a vicious animal can be quite expensive. In some cases, this type of health care is downright unaffordable. For this reason alone, it might be necessary to pursue a negligence liability claim in the aftermath of your accident. In doing so, you can seek compensation to be used toward the hospital bills and / or medical expenses and time off work that resulted from the injuries that you sustained in an animal attack.
In order to successfully file a liability claim for compensation after an attack, there are certain things you can do to better your chances of receiving the full amount of compensation that you deserve. The time period immediately following an animal attack can be made less stressful and confusing if you prepare yourself for the claim you wish to make and preserve any evidence that could be used to prove the negligence behind your attack. Among the steps that you should take at this time are:
- Identify the animal that bit or attacked you
- Seek medical treatment and keep a record of your medical bills
- Speak to your doctor about rabies tests if the animal that attacked you hasn’t been caught and tested
- Take down the personal information of the animal’s owner, including name, address, and telephone number
- Take down the personal information of all witnesses to the attack, including name, address, and telephone number
- Take photo documentation of the wounds (if possible)
- Refrain from signing anything until you have looked it over and discussed it with your attorney
Your ability to follow these steps could significantly increase your chances at successfully filing a claim against the responsible party for your attack. If you are awarded compensation for your animal attack, you could be compensated for your pain and suffering, among other things, such as:
- Medical treatment
- Prescription medications
- Future medical treatment
- Loss of work earnings
- Psychological counseling
- Punitive damages
WORK WITH A SANTA ROSA DOG BITE LAWYER
When you work with a Santa Rosa dog bite lawyer at our office, we will dedicate our time and resources to helping you seek the compensation that you deserve as you attempt to recover from an animal attack of any nature. Dog bites and animal attacks are serious litigious matters that need to be addressed by an equally serious attorney. We invite you to contact The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman to discuss the details of your case with an attorney from our firm. Together, we can work toward building a case on your behalf.
At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, we know how to effectively pursue an insurance claim related to an animal attack. Your consultation with our firm is free. There is no obligation. You don’t pay unless you win.
Contact a Santa Rosa dog bite lawyer today our law firm. Let us protect your rights and fight for the maximum compensation that you rightfully deserve.