When You’re Hurt by a Dog

When You’re Hurt by a Dog

Whether you’re a pet owner, animal lover, or simply someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, the reality is that anyone can be the victim of a dog bite. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. If you’ve been bitten, here are some practical steps you can take to protect yourself.dog bite attorneys

After a Bite: Taking Care of the Wound

Of the almost 5 million people bitten by dogs every year, only about 80,000 people seek medical attention, and half of those are children. If you or a loved one is bitten by an animal, the first thing you need to do is treat the injury.

Seek medical attention. If the wound is serious you need to seek medical attention immediately. Deep puncture wounds, wounds that won’t stop bleeding, or wounds that cause tearing or other injuries should prompt you to call your doctor or visit an emergency room. You should also seek medical attention if you believe the animal could have been infected with rabies. Bites from wild animals, especially bats, as well as domesticated animals that you are not familiar with or do not know the immunization status of, should also prompt you to see your doctor. It’s unlikely that any animal you come across carries rabies, but because of the disease’s serious nature, you always want to see your doctor after a bite from an animal that might be a rabies carrier.
Irrigate and bandage. Most minor dog bites do not require you to see a doctor, but you can take precautions to prevent the injury from becoming infected. Wash the wound with mild soap and water. Once clean, apply an antibiotic cream to the injured area and cover it with a sterile bandage.
Infections. In the days following the bite, monitor the wound, and change the bandage when necessary. If the wound becomes more tender to the touch or you notice redness, oozing, swelling, or more pain, you should contact your doctor because it may have become infected.

After a Bite: Gathering Information

A dog bite can also lead to legal problems for the owner, especially if the dog has bitten people before. If you don’t need to seek immediate medical attention for the bite, you should try to collect information to help you in the event that you need to try to collect compensation for any damages you’ve sustained.

Talk to the dog’s owner. You need to protect yourself first by getting as much information about the dog as possible. Talk to the owner and ask for his or her contact information. You should also find out as much as you can about the vaccination status of the animal, including contact information for the animal’s veterinarian.
Talk to witnesses. If there were others in the area who saw the bite occur, talk to them and ask for their contact information. Witnesses will be able to provide testimonial evidence if you ever have to go to court.animal attack lawyers
Contact animal control. If the owner isn’t nearby or you cannot identify the dog from its tag, you need to contact your city or county animal control department. The dog could pose a danger to others and may need to be quarantined to determine whether it’s carrying any diseases.

Consider Talking to a Lawyer

You may never have to sue anyone, but you need to be ready to protect your interests. If you’ve suffered pain, permanent damage, have had to miss work, or have had to pay medical expenses as a result of the bite, you need to talk to a local lawyer. A personal injury attorney in your area can evaluate your case and tell you what your legal options are.

Soft Tissue Injuries Aren’t Just Another Case of Elusive “Whiplash”

Soft Tissue Injuries Aren’t Just Another Case of Elusive “Whiplash”

For many years, there was a stigma about these kinds of injuries. But it’s not that the injuries weren’t genuine (though some lawyers did become “whiplash specialists”). They were just so hard to track down because the medical industry did not have the tools to confirm such injuries or determine the amount of pain they caused in these injury victims.personal injury attorneys - car accident  law

Over the past 30 years, it has become much easier to diagnose soft tissue injuries. The development and perfection of CAT scans and MRIs now give us a clearer picture of the devastation that a soft tissue injury brings to its victims, and the amount of pain they have to live with.

This traditional “whiplash Willie” accusation is tossed at soft tissue injury victims regularly by insurance companies who don’t want to pay a legitimate injury claim. If you don’t have an experienced soft tissue injury attorney to shield you from these insurance companies, fighting for your compensation rights can become a lonely and excruciatingly painful one.

Insurance companies can be tough to deal with. They take up a lot of your time if you don’t have an experienced attorney on your side. And they even try to take advantage of the fact that you are in such pain because insurance companies are out to protect their interests at your expense. They often involve the use of adjusters to try to find ways to deny your claims. They may call you repeatedly, asking innocent-sounding questions about your accident. Their inquiries may seem proper. But they’re usually calculated to induce you to say something in your fog of pain that could be used against you to deny your claims. Whatever you say to them will probably be recorded and could come back to haunt you as evidence against your claim in the future.

On the other hand, all of our accident injury clients have learned the best way to deal with insurance adjusters is to ignore them and let us handle them. Adjusters don’t call our clients’. We make them call us instead. When adjusters can’t talk to you, they can’t twist your words around and use what you innocently say against you. Many other times, an insurance company pressures you to settle your injury lawsuit for less than your claim is worth: sometimes much less! We believe accepting a fair settlement can be beneficial for you. But how can you tell?accident injury attorneys

The time after being seriously injured in a car accident is often stressful and confusing to the victims and their families. Don’t add to the stress and confusion by letting an inexperienced attorney handle your case or represent yourself when you are unqualified to look out for your or your family’s best interests. We are uniquely qualified and fully prepared to fight for and win the fairest compensation for your total damage claims. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact an attorney at our Law Offices today at 1(800) 862-1260 (toll-free) for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.

Insurance Companies are in Business to Make Money

Insurance Companies are in Business to Make Money

The federal government requires trucking companies to purchase sizable insurance policies to protect against the inevitable accidents that occur. Many people hold the misconception that the trucking insurance compensation process is quick and relative free of surprises just because the companies have insurance. Well, guess again! truck accident attorneys

All insurance companies are in the business of taking-in as much in premiums as possible and paying out as little as absolutely necessary in claims. Since insurance policies for 18-wheelers involve huge sums of money, much greater than your personal car insurance, the insurance company’s main focus is to avoid paying you fairly, in order to maintain its high profits. Insurance companies fear rising settlement expenses. So it comes as no surprise that they habitually deny every claim possible, whenever possible, and for as long as possible. Without the right attorney on your side, pulling hens’ teeth is easier than collecting a fair settlement from an insurance company.

While the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Codes provide the right for someone who has been injured in a trucking accident, or the family of someone who has been killed, to seek compensation for the harm done, the law doesn’t say compensation is automatically granted whenever a victim claims an injury. This is the dirty little secret that insurance companies don’t want you to know until you find out the hard way by having to deal with an out-of-hand claim denial by an insurer.

You, as plaintiff, must first prove the liability of the party (or parties) responsible for the accident and the injuries that you suffer as a result of that accident. Furthermore, in any liability case, the injured plaintiff holds the burden of proof to clearly demonstrate that the compensation requested fairly reflects the loss produced by those the damages. The best way for a victim in an 18-wheeler accident to ensure full compensation is to find assistance from an experienced 18 wheeler accident injury lawyer who knows how to clearly investigate, and then prove the defendant’s undeniable liability. That’s the way to win equitable damages.

Our Law Firm has decades of experience handling personal injury litigation in large truck wreck cases. If you or a loved one has been hit by one of these monsters and you are blameless, our expertise assures that you should receive the fairest compensation possible for the injuries and pain you have suffered or if a wrongful death of a loved one has occurred. We’ve helped deliver millions of dollars to hundreds of negligent accident victims in Texas. So if you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident in Texas, our experienced accident lawyers can win the best compensation possible for you.

Call us today at 1(800) 862-1260 (toll-free) for a free consultation. Get on the road to recovery so you and your family can get on with your lives.
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