What to Do After a Dog Bite
Step by step guide from an experienced Kansas dog bite lawyer you can trust
Dog attacks in Kansas often result in serious personal injuries - and they often are sustained by young children. There are millions of dog bites nationwide every year, and while many of them are minor, hundreds of thousands of victims need to seek emergency medical treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It's hard to know what to do after a dog bite. Should you contact a lawyer or deal with the injury on your own? You might receive a lot of conflicting advice from friends and neighbors. Some people might tell you to sue the dog owner. Other people might advise you to do nothing.
Take the guesswork out of your Kansas dog bite. Contact an experienced attorney who thoroughly understands the law and knows how to make a strong personal injury claim. Contact Bretz & Young, a dog bite law firm serving injury victims in Kansas.
What types of dogs are the most dangerous?
Opinions differ over which dog breeds are dangerous. Some people insist that any dog can be dangerous, regardless of the dog's breed. Statistically, unneutered male dogs are the most likely to bite, but they can be of any breed.
Even so, many people believe that certain dogs bite people more than others. Some of the dog breeds that spark the most concern among the general public include:
- German Shepherds
What should I do if a dog bites me in Kansas?
If a dog bites you or your child, take the following steps to protect your health and rights:
- Call for medical help - Don't assume that the injury is minor or that it will heal on its own. Have a doctor or EMT examine your dog bite.
- Get the dog owner's name - Obtain the name and address from the owner and ask for dog license information.
- Contact law enforcement - File a report with the county animal control.
- Talk to witnesses - People who saw what happened can help support any dog bite claim you may have. Get their contact information.
- Take photographs - Try to get photos of the dog that attacked you or your loved one as well as the exact location where your attack took place.
- Visit your doctor - Make sure you schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor. Serious dog bites can have serious health consequences.
- Contact a lawyer - An experienced attorney knows how to investigate such cases and can deal directly with insurance companies on your behalf.
Do I need to file a dog bite lawsuit in Kansas?
Most dog bite cases are settled through negotiations with the dog owner's homeowner insurance policy. But in some cases a lawsuit may be necessary. An experienced attorney can examine the details of your case and help decide the best course of action.
What is the Kansas dog bite law?
Kansas has a "one bite rule." This means the dog's owner must have known or had reason to believe his or her dog would bite in order to be liable. So, if you or your child is bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation if the owner of that dog knew the dog was dangerous due to the animal trying to bite someone at least once before. If you're not sure what the owner knows about the dog that bit you, talk to us immediately. We can investigate and help determine liability.
How can Bretz & Young law firm help me with my dog bite injury?
The circumstances surrounding each dog bite are unique. That's why it's important to contact our law firm as soon as possible. We want to investigate your dog attack and uncover the truth about your specific case.
If you are represented by Bretz & Young, we will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. This starts with a thorough investigation of your attack. This often includes reviewing your doctor's diagnosis, consulting with experts and interviewing people who know the dog.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your case. Dog bite investigations can be extremely complicated. Get experienced legal assistance now. Contact us in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, or Hays for a free consultation. Call (866) 881-0103 and find out how we can help you get your life back on track.