Every year tens of thousands of people are injured in animal attacks. Although most victims are not seriously hurt, some are, and a number are even killed. The following information will answer some of the more frequently asked questions about such injuries.
What Should I Do?
If you have been attacked by an animal, the first think is to seek medical care for you injuries. Almost as important is to get information about the animal and, if possible, its owner. If you have been attacked by a wild animal or an animal that you cannot identify, your doctor may insist that you get protective rabies shots, a painful experience.
If you have been attacked by an animal that belongs to someone, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Make sure that you can identify, for example, the dog that attacked you. Also, get some basic information about the owner of the dog, such as his name, address, telephone number, and insurance information. Act much in the same way as you would after having a traffic accident with another driver.
Making a Claim
Making a claim for injuries caused by an animal attack is usually a matter of contacting the insurance company of the animal’s owner. Although the insurer will likely try to convince you that you do not need an attorney, don’t listen to that bad advice. It is in the insurance company’s best interest to talk you out of getting legal help, so be sure to consult with a injury attorney in Chandler Arizona to protect your rights. You are ALWAYS entitled to talk to a lawyer and, in the end, you will recover more money, not less, with the help of a qualified attorney.
If you are injured by an animal attack, who pays? Usually, it is the insurance policy covering the owner of the animal and/or the property where the attack occurred. Most homeowner’s policies will cover injuries caused by the homeowner’s pets, and some homeowners even carry special animal insurance coverage. If the pet owner is not insured, this does not mean that he is off the hook. If he is legally liable for your injuries, he is also responsible for paying your damages, although they may be more difficult to collect. The one person who should not have to pay is the victim: Your injuries are not your fault, and you should not have to bear the cost. If you or a loved one has suffered an animal attack, contact our office immediately.
If you are contacted by an insurance company after an animal attacks you, DON’T do any of the following:
- DON’T talk about or put in writing any details of the attack.
- DON’T discuss payment for your injuries.
- DON’T sign any release.
- DON’T permit yourself to be photographed or tape recorded.
- DON’T discuss who is responsible for the attack.
- DON’T DELAY! Call our office immediately.