I was bitten by a dog, but only needed a quick trip to the ER for minor injuries. Would it be appropriate to hire an attorney?

 

A:

This can really depend on a number of factors, so it is best to speak with attorney Earl Straight, an experienced dog bite attorney. Your first consultation is completely free, so by meeting with him, he will be able to evaluate your situation and recommend whether or not legal action is necessary. 

That being said, although your injuries may have been minor, you still had to go to the Emergency Room to receive treatment. Trips to the ER are not free, and, depending on tests the hospital may have run and the different methods they used to treat your injuries, your bill may be a lot higher than you realized. If you rode in an ambulance to the hospital, that was not free either. Did you have to stay home from work for a day or more? You lost money because of that. Or, perhaps your physical injuries are minor, but you're suffering from severe mental trauma stemming from the attack. It could be that when the dog bit you, they bit through your expensive sweater or knocked your glasses off of your face. None of these things were your fault, and you should not have to pay for them. 

It is also important to remember that even if your injuries do not seem serious right now, they could take a few days to actually surface. One very common example of this is back pain and back injuries, especially if the dog jumped on top of you and knocked you down. 

If you were bitten by a dog, be sure to contact an Austin dog bite attorney immediately. Call Earl Straight at Straight Law today for a free, no-pressure consultation at 512-454-1331.