’Tis the season for FedEx and UPS deliveries. With all of the great deals to be found online, it’s no wonder that many are turning to online shopping. It’s convenient, and it allows you to spend less time shopping in the busy crowds and more time enjoying the season with your family. With all of these deliveries coming to your home, though, there may be a hidden danger.

According to the United States Postal Service, 6,755 dog attacks were reported against postal employees in 2016.  You may be thinking, “My dog would never hurt anyone,” but even the most docile of animals can be unpredictable given the right set of circumstances. It’s important to know what steps to take to protect yourself from a dog bite lawsuit.

  • Remain calm and friendly.  The victim is the one who will be deciding whether or not to press charges, so a little kindness can go a long way.
     
  • Seek medical help right away.  You may be afraid that taking the victim to the doctor will incriminate you and your dog, but it is important that the victim receives the help that they need. The person with the injury should be your first priority at that moment, and you should offer to pay for any medical expenses that occur as a direct result of your dog.
     
  • Don’t talk to others about the incident - what happened, whether your dog has a history of biting, who you feel is to blame, etc. Any statements that you make could be used against you should the victim decide to pursue legal action.
     
  • Put your dog in a secure place away from others.  If a dog has bitten once, you must assume that he could possibly bite again. Given this possibility you need to take extra precautions to protect the general public and yourself. Once a dog has a history, legal actions can become much more extreme.
     
  • Keep your dog up-to-date on his rabies shot. In the event of an incident, the victim will want to know that he is not at risk of contracting the disease, so it is important to have your dog’s health records readily available.
     
  • Talk to your insurance company. You may have medical payments coverage which would help to cover the victim’s expenses without you having to pay out of your own pocket. It never hurts to ask, and the financial assistance that you provide could prevent further legal action by the victim.

No one wants to think about the possibility of their beloved pet harming someone, but it’s important to know what to do in the unlikely event that a dog bite would occur. If your dog bites someone or you are the victim of a dog bite, you may find yourself in need of legal counsel. Don’t hesitate to contact Boughter Sinak, LLC for a free evaluation.  Whether you are the dog’s owner or the victim of the attack, you deserve to have a fighter on your side.

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