A dog attack is a painful and traumatizing experience. You'll likely have to spend time after the attack undergoing important medical examinations and dealing with difficult financial matters. No one can blame you if you just want to relax, recover from your injuries and forget about the incident, at least for a while.
However, the reality is that the steps you take after the attack will play a large role in determining the success of your pursuit of justice and compensation. Our dog attack attorney has seen how understandable mistakes can come back to haunt a victim.
If you've been the victim of a dog attack anywhere in New Jersey, please call attorney David J. Cowhey at 609-513-0627 for a free consultation.
How To Handle The Aftermath
We can't overstate just how important it is to take the right steps after the attack that hurt you. Fortunately, these steps are relatively simple.
Our dog attack attorney recommends you:
Inform the owner: Calmly, patiently, without hostility or malice, inform the owner of the attack. The owner is often present at the time of the attack, but if he or she is not, tell him or her. Don't argue, don't raise your voice.
Seek medical attention: Your health and well-being are the most important factors to consider. Go to a hospital or your doctor immediately, even if you don't feel seriously hurt. Medical professionals will treat any puncture wounds or lacerations you might have, check you out for more serious injuries and test you for rabies or other potential issues.
Inform animal control: Contact your local government's animal control unit. They need to know about the attack, and they might have records of past attacks by the same dog.
Document everything: The law is all about evidence, so it's impossible to have too much documentation of your attack. Take pictures of your injury and the surrounding environment. Keep copies of any medical records or law enforcement reports generated after the attack.
Speak with our dog attack lawyer as soon as possible: Finally, call Mr. Cowhey to arrange a free consultation. At this consultation we will discuss your attack and your legal options, all with no charge or obligation.
It's important to keep all of your options open. Even if you're leaning against pursuing legal action, you should still speak with our dog attack and injury attorney. He will use his 33 years of experience to evaluate your case and help you decide which avenue is right for you.
If you're a New Jersey resident and you need an experienced dog attack attorney, please call dog bite lawyer David J. Cowhey at 609-513-0627 or contact us online for a free consultation.