What to Do After Suffering a Personal Injury Due to an Animal Attack

What to Do After Suffering a Personal Injury Due to an Animal Attack

Many people enjoy tuning into the ‘National Geographical Channel’ to watch the animals in action. Sure, observing the animals in their natural habitat has its thrills, but it is also necessary to keep a safe distance from them. This simple fact was recognized by a bunch of tourists who were on vacation to South Africa and had to face the brunt of a horrific lion attack. The incident served to remind all of them to keep one’s distance from the beasts of the jungle, and the safest mode was observing them from afar even when visiting a zoo.


Unfortunately, there are multiple incidents of animal bites reported every day in spite of the precautions being taken. True, you will not find many cases of animal attack within a zoo save an incident or two, but that doesn’t mean that you should not stay away from deadly creatures who are caged for your safety. The hippopotamus, an apparently innocent and totally vegetarian creature, is known to attack people in Africa as well. The World Health Organization, however, finds the tiny mosquito the most virulent and deadliest, big and small.


That does not mean that you will remain safely ensconced in your home. Even your pet dog might suddenly decide to attack you or your family members with or without provocation. The latest statistics reveal that the most common animal attack happens to be by a dog, not necessarily rabid though. Simply ignoring a pet attack isn’t the solution, though. You have every right to confront the owner and take proper legal action in case of injuries. If you have been injured by someone else’s pet be sure to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in town to know your options.


Who is Accountable for an Animal Attack?

The law holds the owner of the concerned animal responsible for the attack and injury inflicted on someone else. It is the duty of the owner to restrain the dog with the aid of a leash or keep it behind a barrier. Animal psychologists reveal that a dog that has bitten once is likely to do it again. The owner needs to be careful about letting it out and accessing the public unfettered. Sure, most dog owners plead ‘not guilty’ when confronted with the outcome of letting the dog loose. They may also try to dodge the blame or rest it squarely on the shoulders of the unfortunate victim.


Legal Recourse

An animal attack is regarded to be a traumatic turn of events, and the exact incident needs to be recorded either in the form of a statement or by asking the eyewitnesses. You need to have the records handy before contacting a personal injury lawyer. Take a look at the list below and try to follow it as closely as possible:

  • Discover the owner of the dog or the concerned domestic animal.
  • Save all the hospital bills and records of the treatment that you had to undergo for being attacked by the animal.
  • Find out all details about the breed, if the concerned animal happens to be a dog. It is also essential to uncover the facts about its last vaccination and ascertain whether it is a carrier of a disease.


Compensation for an Animal Attack

Being the victim of an animal attack is likely to result in grievous injuries. You can certainly claim damages if you have been bitten by a dog or any other animal. However, damages can also be claimed for deep scratches or bruises that can have the potential of developing into infections down the line. You may be in intense pain and have to remain under the care of a medical professional. This will cause you to miss work and the resultant wages. The trauma can also lead to psychological issues that will make you live in fear of animals throughout your life.


You should definitely ask for damages and claim compensation for:

  • The time lost and missing work for days or weeks on account of the personal injury.
  • Sustaining permanent marks or disfigurement.
  • Having to incur medical expenses.
  • Being in pain and suffering due to the vicious attack.
  • Mental anguish and psychological trauma causing a deep-seated phobia.


Contact the experienced attorneys at Brett Tessler & Associates at (215) 569-9005 for a free consultation or to speak to a dedicated member of our legal team regarding your case.