When you were running for exercise, you saw an unusual bit of movement to your side. By the time you looked over, you saw a dog lunging at you. You didn’t have time to protect yourself, but you were able to try to block the dog with your arm.

Needless to say, it was a serious attack. You had significant damage done to your arm and hand, and you had to be hospitalized. You’re still recovering now, and you may need more surgery in the future. You are frustrated and in a difficult situation.

Should the dog’s owner be held liable for its actions?

Yes. Since you know who the dog belongs to, it’s well within your rights to pursue a claim against them. Most people will have insurance coverage that you can claim against so that you can get compensation for your medical care, lost wages and other needs. In some cases, you may need to file a personal injury claim against the other party directly.

What are the lasting risks of a dog bite?

After a bite, there is sometimes a risk of infection, illness and complications. That’s why most medical professionals will ask to see the dog’s vaccination records and will take steps to make sure you’re vaccinated or receive the appropriate medical treatments to prevent illness. They will do what they can to prevent rabies and other serious illnesses. If you do develop complications, then these should also be considered when making your claim.

Your attorney will help take care of the legal aspects of your case as you recover so that you have the best opportunity for fair compensation.