Dog Bite Injury Law

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An animal attack is a frightening and traumatic event, particularly for a child victim. Animal attacks on victims are often unprovoked. Generally, the animal's owner is legally responsible for the injuries and damages caused by the attack if the animal was not being tormented, teased or abused by the victim; the victim was not trespassing; and the victim did not prompt or provoke the attack.

If I am bitten by a dog, what should I do?

The scene in the aftermath of an attack is usually chaotic. The best way to assist the victim is to remain calm yourself and focus on first assisting the victim. You should get as much information as possible about the animal, the animal's history, the animal's owner, and about the actual events of the attack. This information will assist the authorities and medical care providers assess the danger the attacking animal poses to the victim and to the public-at-large.

You should concentrate on doing the following at the scene of the attack:

  1. Obtain the name, address and telephone number of the victim, if the victim is a child try to get the name, address and telephone number of the child's parent or legal guardian in order to provide this information to the police and/or emergency responders;
  2. Call 911 for police and emergency assistance personnel;
  3. Cooperate with the police and emergency assistance personnel as soon as they arrive on the scene;
  4. Write down the identify the animal's owner, by name, address, and telephone number;
  5. Write down the animal owner's insurance company's name, address and telephone number;
  6. Write down the animal's, name, breed and physical description;
  7. Write down the animal's license tag number, if available;
  8. Write down the animal's rabies vaccination certificate, if available
  9. Write down the witnesses to the attack by name, address and telephone number;
  10. Report the attack to the animal control official in the city or town where the attack occurred as soon as possible;
  11. Photograph the animal, if possible while the animal is still at the scene of the attack;
  12. Photograph the victim's injuries or wounds;
  13. Contact and consult with an attorney as soon as possible;
  14. Don't sign anything without obtaining your attorney's counsel and advice.

The injuries sustained in an animal attack may be permanently impairing or disfiguring. The victim may incur substantial expenses for medical care and treatment and there may be substantial future medical treatment expenses. The animal's owner may avoid the victim, or the owner may be unusually solicitous, wanting to help he victim with an offer to pay for some of the treatment or offering a modest amount of money in order to be relieved of any further liability.

Some animal owners have insurance coverage to respond to claims for injuries caused by their animals. The insurance company representative will generally investigate an incident and will want to interview the victim and the witnesses. An insurance company representative may contact the victim with a promise of a quick monetary settlement if the victim will sign a release of liability. Needless to say the insurance company is not required to act in the victim's best interests.

Why Choose Our Dog Bite Lawyers?

The best way for the victim to be protected is to learn what legal rights and remedies are available by consulting with an attorney as soon as possible. Attorneys at Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. , are available and ready for confidential and private no-charge consultation with the victim and the victim's parent or legal guardian.

Attorneys at Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. , will assist you by evaluating the legal liability of the animal's owner, evaluate the potential monetary value of the injuries and damages sustained as a result of the animal attack, represent you in presenting and resolving your claim against the animal's owner and/or the owner's insurance company, and provide legal representation to you in a legal action seeking compensation for injuries and damages you incurred and caused by the animal attack.

* Don't sign anything until you have spoken with your attorney

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Dog Bite Injury Law

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rights of nursing home residents?

Nursing home residents have certain rights and protections under both state and federal law. The nursing home must list and give all new residents a copy of these rights.

These resident rights include, but aren't limited to:

  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • The right to be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.
  • The right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.
  • The right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others.
  • The right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see your own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.
  • The right to have a choice over your schedule (for example, when you get up and go to sleep), your activities and other preferences that are important to you.
  • The right to an environment more like a home that maximizes your comfort and provides you with assistance to be as independent as possible.

Are nursing homes required to keep records of the care provided?

Yes, both state and federal law mandates that facilities must maintain documentation of medical assessments and all plans of care.  As a guardian, you are eligible to review those documents.

What types of nursing home neglect cases does PSRB review?

At PSRB we review a wide range of injuries that can be suffered from nursing home neglect. Some injuries can be life threatening, painful and debilitating.  Certain conditions may require immediate legal intervention to prevent further harm. PSRB is always here to advise you as to your rights and the person rights of the person receiving care. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation at 800-785-5399.

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  • Restraint Injuries
  • Falls
  • Wrongful Death
  • Malnutrition or Dehydration
  • Failure to diagnose or Misdiagnosis
  • Prescription Errors
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