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Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.


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What To Do When You're Bitten By A Friend's Dog

by Gina Hill

When the dog of a friend bites you, the relationship might suffer. They might not want to take responsibility for what happened and refuse to help with medical or hospital bills. This may surprise you, but you still have the ability to file some kind of claim to ensure that you receive the financial help you need. In order to keep your case on track, you've got to pay attention to these pointers.

Monitor Your Health

It is important to seek out medical attention right after you are bitten in order to get official documentation about your injuries. However, it's even more important that you continue to monitor your health to see if you are getting worse. You may not know whether your friend's dog is up to date with their shots, and in particular you need to watch for any signs that you've been exposed to tetanus, including:

  • Stiff jaw
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Fever

Keep in touch with your doctor regularly to ensure that you can be treated for any medical issue.

Avoid Talking with Your Friend

Even if the person who owns the dog is a very good friend of yours, you may be unhappy with their response to the incident. You may want to attempt to iron things out with your friend, but this might not be the best idea. It may be preferable to keep your distance, as conversations can get heated and cause additional legal trouble for both of you. Instead, leave communication up to your personal injury lawyer during this time.

Be Careful Online

Your friend might also be a contact, friend or follower on different social media websites. As a result of this, they are likely to see everything you post unless you block them, which might be an option you want to use if you plan to discuss your health or other issues related to your injuries. However, because mutual friends might see your posts and talk about them with the friend you're now pursuing legal action against, it may be best to avoid discussing the case at all.

In addition, your friend's lawyer might be enlisting the help of various investigators to disprove your claim. If they have access to your posts, they have the ability to pass on information to the lawyer. You might want to ensure that all your social accounts are private.

Taking action against a friend because their dog bit you can be rough; use the suggestions here to get through it. Ask your lawyer if there are additional things you need to do at this time. Contact a law firm like Dunbar & Dunbar for additional advice.