If you were visiting friends or family over the holidays and were bitten by a dog, you may feel like you should seek medical treatment but handle the payments and debt on your own. You may want to save the relationships you have and avoid stressing out the owner of a pet because you care about them.
Putting the event behind you and ignoring what happened without pursuing a dog bite claim isn’t always the right choice, though. The medical expenses related to a dog bite can be significant. On top of that, a dog that has bitten in the past may bite again, so not having that aggression addressed could lead to others getting hurt in the future.
Dogs bite for many reasons
Dogs bite because of stress, fear and overexcitement. They may also bite because they’re guarding a resource or because they were startled. Some, when living with injuries, will react out of pain or fear of further injury.
It’s important that the owner knows if their dog is a liability to others and takes steps to keep them separated. If this is not the first time that the dog has bitten, then they may need to go through an assessment to see if putting the dog down or rehoming it would be the right solution.
Though you may not want to cause problems for the owner of the pet, your injuries are serious and should be treated that way. You deserve to know that you won’t be at risk in the future and that the cost of your medical care and other losses will be covered. It may be wise to explore your legal options.