Dogs can make great family companions. They lift you up when you are feeling sad. They protect you from any would-be intruders. All-in-all, they are a wonderful addition to your family. However, that doesn't mean all dogs are going to be loving and kind. In the event you are attacked by a dog, there are a few things you need to do make sure you get the compensation you deserve. The last thing you want is to end up losing out on insurance money just because you didn't know the specifics of the law and ended up making a costly mistake.
Evaluate the animal.
One of the best methods of defense when dealing with dog bite claims is to take a video of the animal. This will prove how dangerous it is. A professional evaluator will perform a number of different tests to see if the animal displays signs of aggression, all while having it on video. This video can be shown to all of the jurors and help substantiate your claim that the dog is dangerous and attacked you. Many dog owners will claim that their pet isn't aggressive, so this will diminish their credibility and show that you were the one who was the victim in the incident. This can also help you get a quicker settlement.
Inspect the living conditions.
If the animal spends a lot of its time inside of the home, you will want to have an inspection of the home completed. If there are a bunch of scratches on the doors and chew marks on the windows, this lets you know that the animal has a tendency to scratch and claw. Check their bed, leashes, collars, food bowls, kennel and toys out to help you get an idea of the type of treatment the dog is receiving.
Gathering important documents.
You should gather any animal control records, vet records, paramedic records, police reports, names of witnesses and trainers and any groomers who take care of the animal on a regular basis. All of these things will show how the animal was cared for over the course of its life and help to build your case against the other party.
By not making one of the crucial mistakes above, you can make sure you get the compensation you deserve without having to spend forever going through a lengthy trial process. For more information and for help in building your case, contact a professional personal injury attorney, such as those at Trammell & Mills Law Firm LLC.