Hold A Negligent Dog Owner Accountable
Dogs are often called “man’s best friend,” but in reality, dogs can pose a danger to anyone. Even the most thoroughly trained house pets are still animals, with animalistic instincts and perceptions their owners cannot always control. And the injuries caused by an animal attack can do lasting harm, from rabies infection to permanent disfigurement.
If you’ve been injured by an animal, you have a right to hold that animal’s owner accountable for their negligence. When I work with you as your personal injury attorney, I will use every legal tool available to help you seek justice for your injury in the form of the maximum available compensation.
What To Do After Sustaining A Dog Bite Injury
The very first thing you should do after an animal attack is to seek medical attention. Even if the injury does not seem serious, it’s important to be checked for rabies and other infections. Without prompt, proper medical treatment, rabies can be fatal. While receiving medical attention, record as much information as possible. Take notes and save all the documents you receive: the more documentation you have of your injury, the easier it will be to demonstrate the harm you have suffered during legal proceedings.
After receiving medical treatment, you should speak with an experienced lawyer. A plaintiff has up to three years to file suit for a dog bite injury in Mississippi, but the sooner you take action, the greater chance you have of success.
One obstacle that plaintiffs face in Mississippi is that dogs are given “one free bite” under the law. In other words, dog owners are less liable for a dog bite attack if it is the very first time the dog has bitten someone. In most other states, the law has been updated to hold owners accountable even when there is no prior history of aggression, but that hurdle remains part of the legal process here in Mississippi. That is one of many factors I will help you navigate as we form a legal strategy for your case.
Schedule A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Dog Bite
To schedule a free consultation in my Tupelo office, call me at 662-260-6646 or contact me online. I will help you understand the legal context surrounding your injury, and together we can design a legal strategy that is tailored to your needs.