January 08, 2024

My Neighbor’s Dog Bit My Child, Now What?


white swiss shepherd`s puppy and kid playing together on green grass

Every state handles dog bite cases differently. In Alabama, the dog owner can be held responsible if their dog bites someone, unless the injured person provoked the dog. A key fact to note is that Alabama follows the “one-bite rule.”

This means if the dog has never bitten anyone before and the owner had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous, they might not be held liable. However, if the dog had shown aggressive tendencies previously, the owner could be found at fault.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 1 in 5 bite victims require medical attention. These injuries can be costly, not only in terms of medical bills but also in emotional trauma. Therefore, the importance of seeking legal representation can’t be emphasized enough.

What to Do When Your Child is Bitten by a Neighbor’s Dog

This guide offers a concise step-by-step breakdown of what to do in such an unfortunate situation.

Step 1: Ensure your child is safe from further harm by moving away from the dog. Clean the wound gently with soap and water before seeking immediate medical attention.

Step 2: Report the bite incident to local animal control or the non-emergency police line, providing details about the dog and the event’s location.

Step 3: Document all aspects of the incident by taking photographs of the injury and gathering witness statements if available.

Step 4: Approach the dog’s owner for their contact details and information about their pet’s vaccination history, especially concerning rabies.

Step 5: Schedule a consultation with Hill, Gossett, Kemp & Watson, P.C. to understand your rights and potential legal recourse.

Step 6: If approached by the owner or their insurance company, avoid discussing any compensation or settlement without having your attorney present.

Step 7: Collaborate with your attorney by providing necessary information, attending legal proceedings, and following their advice on the legal path forward.

Step 8: If your child exhibits signs of trauma, consider seeking counseling and support from local groups or professionals.

Navigating the Aftermath with Confidence

The aftermath of a dog bite can be overwhelming. But remember, you don’t have to navigate these uncharted waters alone.  Seeking the services of a trusted personal injury lawyer in Alabama at Hill, Gossett, Kemp & Watson, P.C. is your best course of action. Let them shoulder the legal burdens while you focus on your child’s healing.

Ready to take the next step? Reach out to Hill, Gossett, Kemp & Watson, P.C. today.

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For more information about Hill, Gossett, Kemp, P.C.  Attorneys at Law or to schedule an appointment to address your legal needs at either of our two office locations, our Leeds-Moody, Alabama office or our Springville, Alabama office, please contact us at 205.640.2000 or submit the contact form below complete with your email and telephone number.

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