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Legal Representation After a Dog Attack in Papillion and La Vista

Dogs are kept as pets, but they are still animals. They have sharp teeth and claws that are meant for attacking prey. When a dog attacks someone, it is likely to go after the victim’s neck and face.

A large dog can knock its victim over, often causing head injuries or broken bones in addition to flesh wounds. Sadly, children are the people most likely to be harmed in a dog attack.

If you or a loved one was injured by a dog, we can file a claim to help you get the money you need to pay your medical bills and other expenses. Call Bottlinger Law, L.L.C at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a FREE consultation today.

Steps to Take after a Dog Attack

It’s not easy to keep your composure when you see a loved one viciously attacked. But try to stay as calm as possible so you can make sure they get the help they need. These steps will aid the victim’s recovery and help your whole family get better.

  • See a doctor right away. Any dog bite that breaks the skin needs to be looked at by a physician. Your doctor will want to dress the wound properly and they may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. A tetanus vaccine or a rabies shot may also be required.
  • Find out who the owner is and get their contact information, the dog’s vaccination record, and the name of their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance company.
  • Document the attack by using your cell phone camera to record pictures of the dog, the victim’s injuries, and the place where it took place.
  • Don’t talk about the details of the attack with the dog’s owner, an insurance agent, or on social media. All of these actions can hurt your claim.
  • Keep a journal to write down everything that happened during the attack while it’s still fresh in your memory.
  • Call a dog bite attorney right away.

How a Papillion and La Vista Dog Bite Attorney Can Help

Insurance companies don’t play fair. The agent may try to trick you into saying something that could harm your claim, or they may ask you to sign an agreement that prevents you from getting any money at all. And if you don’t have a Papillion and La Vista personal injury lawyer, they aren’t going to make you a fair offer.

The best thing to do is find yourself an experienced dog bite lawyer and let them do all the negotiating for you. Your attorney will investigate the incident and review your medical records so they can present the insurance company with a serious claim.

If the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith, Jason Bottlinger won’t hesitate to take them to court. But since we have such a strong reputation, we can usually convince the other side to make an offer that covers the true costs of your medical bills and other expenses caused by the attack. This may include:

  • Ambulance transport
  • Emergency room visit
  • Current and future medical care
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Time missed from work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional counseling for PTSD

Dog Laws in Papillion-La Vista

Your Papillion and La Vista dog bite attorney is fully aware of state and local laws that will influence the outcome of your claim. The most important thing to remember is that Nebraska is a strict liability state, so you don’t have to prove that the owner was negligent to collect a claim.

Papillion has strict dog laws. Vicious dogs must be kept under restraint and securely muzzled. According to a city ordinance, a dog that inflicts harm on a human being or injures a domestic animal is “potentially dangerous.” A dog that chases or snaps at people may be investigated by Animal Control Authority and they can impose the following consequences:

  • The owner may have to take dog classes
  • The owner may have to post warning signs
  • The dog may be held for observation
  • The dog may be required to get a microchip
  • The dog may be confined indoors
  • The dog may be required to wear a harness

Dogs that cause injuries or pose a threat to people in La Vista have to be registered as potentially dangerous. In these cases, owners are required to receive obedience training and carry $100,000 in liability insurance.

Injuries Caused by a Dog Attack

Every year, over 800,000 people require medical attention after getting attacked by a dog. Common injuries and other negative consequences include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye injuries
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Torn or missing skin
  • Face and neck injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Wrongful death

Did a Vicious Dog Hurt Someone You Love?

You shouldn’t have to pay your own medical bills when your injuries were caused by another person’s careless behavior.

Jason Bottlinger has a perfect A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Call (402) 505-8234 to learn more today. At Bottlinger Law, L.L.C., you don’t owe us anything unless we win you a settlement.

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