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Steps to Take After Being Attacked by a Dog

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dog bites can be very damaging to a person, both physically and emotionally. Taking immediate action after a dog bite incident is crucial for those who wish to take legal action. The steps to take include:

  1. Get Information About the Dog and Owner

    If you intend to take legal action, it is necessary to get the name of address of the person who has custody of the dog, as well as of any witnesses of the attack. You should also obtain the dog’s license information and any records of previous dog bites or attacks the dog has been involved in. Finally, the vaccination records of the dog will determine whether or not you will need to undergo a series of rabies shots.

  2. Seek Medical Attention & File a Dog Bite Report

    No matter how small the injury, you should get it checked over by medical professionals to lower your risk of infection from the dog bite, if nothing else. You should then identify the proper city and/or county authorities to file a dog bite report with, and do so. This will legally document your case, as well as create a paper trail for any future victims of the same dog.

  3. Photograph Your Injuries

    All injuries should be photographed and documented for the future. It may also be helpful to photograph the location of the attack, as well as any torn or bloody clothing from the attack.

  4. Contact Harding Law Firm

    Harding Law is highly experienced at documenting and presenting your case in a skillful manner. If you have been victim of a dog (or other animal) attack, contact us today for a free consultation.

How to Prepare for a Slip and Fall Case

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sometimes, accidents just happen. Other times, injuries may occur due to the negligence of a property owner. These types of accidents can occur anywhere from hotels and supermarkets to an apartment building or playground. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to the more serious broken bones and head injuries.

There are a couple of things you should ask yourself before deciding to go ahead with a lawsuit for a slip and fall case:

  • Could the Accident Have Been Prevented?

    The key to winning these cases is proving that the owner’s negligence is the reason for injury. Therefore, if you tripped and fell because you did not notice a “caution” sign, or something similar, you will have a hard time proving that the owner was at fault for your accident.

  • How Long Was the Defect Present Before Your Accident?

    Reasonableness will be considered in any slip and fall case. For example, if a roof has only just started to leak, making for a slick floor that you slipped on, it’s reasonable that the owner may not have known about it yet, and therefore was unable to address the issue. However, if the leak has been happening for weeks and the owner has been made aware, yet has not fixed it, it is far less reasonable for the owner to allow the leak to continue.

  • Do You Have Photos of the Condition that Led to Your Injury?

    Photos of the condition of the scene at the time of your accident will mean a great deal to the outcome of your case. You should make sure to take these photos as soon as possible after your accident.

    If you need a slip and fall attorney, Harding Law Firm is ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.